Truth, the last great tenet, is described to us as “a divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue.” To be good men and true is the first lesson we are taught in Masonry. The ritual goes on to say; “Hence, while influenced by this principle, hypocrisy and deceit are unknown among us, sincerity and plain dealing distinguish us, and the heart and tongue join in promoting each other’s welfare and rejoicing in each other’s prosperity.”
Wow! I don’t know about you but these statements about truth really just speak for themselves. Could you think of no better way to be regarded as a leader than one who is straightforward and trustful, sincere and evenhanded, and is continually seeking to improve his followers, is concerned for their welfare and considers the organization successful only when the followers are successful?
This Masonic tenet when practiced as a leader will establish a very strong character. In Maxwell’s The Law of Solid Ground we learn that a strong character leads to trust and trust is the foundation of leadership. So leading with the Masonic value of truth will allow you to become a respected leader and a better mason.
Let’s listen to RWB Greg Smith talk about Maxwell’s Law of Solid Ground and how it relates to trust and Masonry. To see the rest of the videos in this series go to FreeMason University.
We each should build into our lives and our daily leadership process the Masonic values we have been taught. They will make us a better person, a better Mason and a better leader.