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When the king is a liar, truth becomes treason

Things to Think About
By Pepper de Callier


“When the king is a liar, truth becomes treason.” Michael Gerson,  Washington Post Op-Ed, 4 June 2018


When I first read this, I felt a chill.  It resonated so deeply with me and it also spoke of such a clear and present danger.  There are so many obvious applications for this today that I won’t comment on them.  However, think about this in the context of business.  If a leader is someone who will not consider data that is counter to what she believes and tries to convince others to buy into her reality instead of listening, people become withdrawn and dare not speak the truth at times for fear of retribution.  What happens?  The leader becomes cut off from reality and begins a downward spiral of ineffectiveness, loss of respect, and serious brand erosion.  Be vigilant, be open and seek the truth versus trying to validate a wrong-headed idea.


Good luck on your journey!


About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at /

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