Bible Character: Isaiah (Prophet)
The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down. Those who with a word make a man out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court with a false testimony deprive the innocent of justice. Isaiah 29:20-21 NIV
I will be the first to admit that I sometimes gossip about others. I wish I wouldn’t, and I try my hardest to refrain from the practice. Sometimes, people gossip to me about others and it makes me wonder if they also gossip about me when I am not present. Can I trust them?
Trust is so vital for successful organizations and someone that continually gossips does not get entrusted with important information.
The morale of an organization can be fragile at times. How much harder is it to keep morale high when you have associates who delight in speaking negatively about others, just so they can informally prop themselves up higher? How demotivating is it when individuals who tell false words about others are promoted to higher positions? Especially if they have spoken on false pretenses.
Do the Opposite
The personal gratification that comes from gossiping does not outweigh the negative consequences of the slander. A leader’s actions filter down through the organization and become the standard in which others model their behavior. While there are times when leaders need to speak critical words, these situations still require a respectful tone. Just imagine the person is in the room with you, and it will keep the tone from becoming slanderous.
Isaiah warned the Israelites this type of behavior would destroy them; it’s no different for our organizations.