"If a ruler listens to lies,
all his officials become wicked" - Proverbs 29:12.
Proverbs is a practical book that contains guidance on finances, child rearing, relationships and leadership. Today's verse is directed toward leaders and warns them that they will reap what they sow in the area of ethics. If a leader loses integrity, then before they know it, he or she will be surrounded by unethical followers, all telling the leader what he or she wants to hear. If that is true, then the opposite must also be true - that integrity and ethics will tend to attract other ethical followers and employees. Leaders must pay attention not only to their bottom line, but how that bottom line is being achieved and what effect that bottom line is having on employees, customers, society in general and the environment.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to build an ethical leadership framework by reading through the book of Proverbs. As you read, substitute the word leader any time you see the word 'king,' 'prince,' 'ruler,' or any other leadership role. As you restate those verses, study to see what those verses say to leaders about communication, business practices, decision making, or any other leadership activity. Once you have your list, study it and diligently apply what you learned.