A Mother once brought her child to Gandhi and asked him to tell the young boy to stop eating sugar because it was not good for his diet or his developing teeth.
Gandhi replied, "I cannot tell him that. But you may bring him back in a month."
The Mother was angry as Gandhi moved on, brushing her aside. She had traveled some distance and had expected the mighty leader to support her parenting. But having little recourse, she left for her home. One month later she returned, not knowing what to expect.
The great Gandhi took the small child’s hands into his own, knelt before him, and tenderly said, "Do not eat sugar, my child. It is not good for you." Then Gandhi embraced the boy and returned him to his mother.
Grateful but perplexed, the mother queried, "Why didn’t you say that a month ago?"
"Well", said Gandhi, "a month ago I was still eating sugar."
How does Gandhi’s example exemplify character?
What if all were true to themselves in this way? How would the world be different? How would your department be different? Your company? Your Family? You?
Being true to character means your actions reflect your beliefs, and your beliefs are based on correct guiding principles. At the very bedrock of character is integrity, honesty, respect for others, and alignment with correct principles.
The impact of violating character–integrity, honesty, and respect for others –is devastating.
By having integrity, honesty, respect for others, and by centering his beliefs on correct principles, Gandhi found internal strength, peace, clarity, and direction. As a result he lead effectively despite an often confusing and troubled environment.
Einstein said, "Setting and example is not the main means of influencing another—it is the only means."
So as you work, communicate, and report make sure you do it with integrity, honesty, with a respect for others and align your character with correct principles.
Reporting untruths and dishonest efforts does no one any good. It makes no profit and promotes no good. It undermines individuals and those individuals that count on good information.
Always be true to yourself and follow the above guiding principles and by your example others will follow the same pattern.
Make BIG things happen and have a great day,
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