How much personal clarity would you need to pursue the truth relentlessly, to be an impartial arbiter and to always make fair decisions?
Geraldine Coy, author of Brave Truth and the developer of the board game by the same name, talks about these three attributes of people who lead.
Called on by Nelson Mandela himself, to serve on a Commission of Enquiry into the causes and perpetrators of violence in two of Cape Town’s townships, Geraldine passionately believes in truth as foundational to trust in all human relationships.
In the video to the right, the third in the webinar series, Clarity, Through A Glass Brightly, you’ll hear Geraldine explain how truth reconciles, builds empathy and trust and clears the way for open and inclusive dialogue.
Geraldine’s three pointers toward a relentless pursuit of truth
To have rich and meaningful relationships within your workplace, a lasting foundation for future collaboration between individuals and groups, and to support truthful communication between everyone, you need to accept that conflict stretches people and tension causes them to grow. If you can accept this, then this is how you can pursue truth:
ENCOURAGE OTHER PEOPLE TO EXPRESS THEIR PERSONAL VIEWS
Ensure that others in your organisation (family, workplace) listen to and hear the personal views of others, so that you encourage a free flow of two way communication.
BUILD THE CONFIDENCE OF PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN WORTH
Help people believe their contribution is as important as any one else’s. This is easier in workplaces (and families) that operate outside of the traditional hierarchy, as they have a much better chance of receiving truly valuable contributions from the people within them, when they believe they’re making a truly valuable contribution.
BUILDING THE STRENGTH FOR COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS
This is about building resilience so that you’re never afraid to go to where the truth needs to be told. Reflect on your own life experience about people who have spoken up in a courageous way and how much respect that generates. If you accept your human frailty and expose your vulnerability and you also take accountability, that generates respect.
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