What to do when you’re caught in a lie.

When you lie, whether it’s a “white lie,” omission of truth, or blatant misrepresentation, others will sense it and no longer trust you as a leader or boss. They will question your decisions and second-guess any assignments or directives you give them. Some will work around you, and others may skip over you and talk with your boss.

Remember, the truth will be told eventually. Lying is a nasty habit to break, and threatening others to keep your secrets will only create additional harm. Simply apologize and tell the truth, using as many facts as possible. Yes, there may be repercussions–but better to handle them now than after further damage has been done.

(c)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2013

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