BE LOYAL TO THOSE ABSENT, Stephen R. Covey
Being loyal to those who are absent and assuming good faith of others are keys to building trust in a culture. The ultimate test of principle-centered leadership is to be loyal to people who are absent when their names come up in conversations and meetings. When other people are not with you, they’re in the dark they don’t know what’s happening, what you’re saying about them, and whether you are loyal to them. And that’s when you show your true character. That doesn’t mean you’re not critical. You could be critical. But you’re constructively critical and loyal to the point that you would not be ashamed if they happened to overhear the conversation, or if word got back to them, as it often does. You don’t just sit on the sideline cutting, labeling, and stereotyping people and then look for evidence to support it.
Four Short Stories Perhaps a few stories will help make this point.