imagesHave you ever been asked the question, “Do these jeans make me look fat?” If you’re being truthful you could easily answer “No, those jeans don’t make you look fat.” (After all it isn’t the fault of the jeans but more likely the fault of one too many cookies piling up of the posterior of the wearer that is making the questioner look fat.)

If you are being honest though you might say “No, you look fat whether or not you are wearing the jeans.” (Of course I wouldn’t want to be around when you actually say this.)

This is the difference between truth and honesty. You can be truthful without being honest.

As a leader, the question is, should you be truthful or honest. I really don’t have an answer to this question.

All I know is that this week, I was repeatedly “truthed” by people who could have been honest. It would have been more difficult for them to be honest but I would have been much happier with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth or in other words, brutal honesty.