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Students should admit if they did not submit their own writings or cheated on a test, while educators should admit their flaws. NSTP/GHAZALI KORI

OF late, Malaysians are in need of someone who is truthful,trustworthy or genuine.

We need to be telling and sharing the truth, especially on the reality of our life.

People should be told that ‘it’s time for someone to take over the lead’, rather than playing the waiting and guessing game.

Students should admit if they did not submit their own writings or cheated on a test, while educators should admit their flaws, like owning up to the fact that they don’t really teach what is supposed to be taught.

The tongue-twisting drama, the U-turn statements have led to a cynical and dispirited workforce as honesty has diminished.

We need to develop positive actions that come from good and wise leaders.

As Gary Feldman said:‘An enterprise is the reflection of the leader. A fish doesn’t stink from the tail, and a business enterprise would not just be successful or fail from the bottom.’

To become a great country, leaders ought to inspire trust.

No one likes to be fooled, yet telling and spreading lies seem normal in our workplace and in the media.

Truth is fundamental, and we must be brutally trustworthy with ourselves.

Many of our politicians fail to admit to and overcome their mistakes.

Many don’t own up and deal with them.

Denying the facts thrown at them and using others to get away with the hassle is a strategy most of them choose.

Many seem good at being actors.

Statements made in the news or the media do not represent reality because our leaders are afraid to show that they too make mistakes.

Many pretend to look strong, but their faces betray them.

What you forget is that no one will follow your lead until they know who you really are.

Every now and then, new and excessive rules, policies and approaches are made that end up breeding mistrust in an organisation.

Always needing to be in control shows that you no longer trust anyone.

Excessive rules teach others how to play the sport, but at the same time, it also tells them how they can get away with only doing just enough work.

You do not believe in them, so why must they work hard?

Now, go look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself how much good have you done this week or how many times you have lied.

There is no such thing as white lies that do not count.

The spin control, being tactful, being realistic and telling them only what they need to know should also not happen.

Good leaders who inspire do not treat facts lightly.

They build incredible relationships based on honesty, which in turn builds inspired organisations.

We are in need of someone who is truthful, trustworthy or genuine.


Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Antarabangsa, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur

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