How Lying to Advance “The Cause” Ends Up Driving Honest People from Leadership

I encourage everyone taking part in this year’s election adventures, whatever your ideology or “Cause” is, to demand essential honesty from its messaging. Be skeptical about ANY movement that openly defends the use of lies to achieve or maintain power.

Does “the Cause” consider it acceptable to circulate an untruth IF it furthers the Cause? Are members shunned if they tell a truth that is perceived to reflect negatively on the Cause? In my experience it’s nearly impossible to retain good leaders in such movements because institutionalized lying has a demoralizing effect on the average person’s conscience, especially over time, even if they’re part of a movement whose over-arching mission they strongly believe in.

Leaders who expect honesty in their private lives and relationships become conflicted, and are gradually leapfrogged by leaders less troubled with duplicity and eager to take the reins. And at that point the Cause itself becomes increasingly vulnerable to internal corruption.

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