"They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field" - Hosea 10:4.
This verse sounds like a description of modern life rather than a pronouncement from an ancient prophet. It seems the strategy Hosea referred to was one that included making a lot of promises and breaking them, thus leading to court cases to sort out who was responsible to do what. Leaders must be careful not to rely on the legal system to conduct their business and not to succumb to or be intimidated by people who threaten legal action. The key is not to make any promises that cannot be kept and to conduct business in such a way that, when examined under the scrutiny or lawyers, juries, and judges, those business practices will be upheld as legal and ethical.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to examine the nature of your promises to your volunteers and workers. Is your strategy to be transparent and honest, or are you trying to outfox your people by being shrewd and coy? Do you play fast and loose with the truth, stretching it to suit your purposes or are you open even when it reveals information not beneficial to your position? Would everything you do and say hold up if scrutinized by a legal team heading to court?