We live in a world today that not many people can be trusted. Not too many people are trustworthy in this world. I think everyone would agree with this. Knowing this, we can use that to our advantage to becoming a contagious leader. In other words, we just need to not be like the rest of the world!
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We cannot settle for being honest just some of the time, but we have to commit to being an honest person all of the time. It has to be our lifestyle. One act of dishonesty can change the way others think of us and also change the way we think of ourselves. We cannot risks losing our trust with anyone if we want to be their friend or much less lead them.
Your honesty even when others are not being honest will catch their attention and rub off on them. When others see that you are an honest person it will influence them to be honest as well. That is an example of contagious leadership. We have to do the right thing over and over, eventually others will notice and begin to do the same. Trust me, they will notice! It inspires others when they see us be honest. Inspiration is one of the key factors in influencing others to do the right thing.
Still not convinced that honesty is contagious? Think about this. When you are around someone that you totally trust, how does that make you feel? It makes us feel good, right? When we feel good that usually puts us in a good mood. People that are in a good mood have the contagious ability to change the whole mood of a room. I have seen this happen so many times and I am sure you have too.
Feeling good is contagious. Joy is also something that one will experience when we are honest. Joy is contagious. Honest people have a joy about them that makes other people want the same joy. ! Having a joyful heart is even known as a great medicine to our body.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Let’s take it a step further. Honest people not only feel good about themselves, they have joy. So, what do they do? They smile. Everyone knows that smiling is contagious. Smiling is one of the most contagious things that anyone could ever do. Don’t believe me? The next time you walk by some stranger, give them a big smile and say hello. I bet you will get a smile right back. Or, the next time you are in front of a group of people, smile at them for a minute. Watch how it becomes contagious. Sometimes smiling even leads to laughter. Laughing is contagious. Do you want to laugh more? Of course you do. Being an honest person will allow us to be free to laugh more.
Another quality that we will have from being honest is having self-confidence. People that are confident about themselves are contagious. When we have self-confidence, others will notice this almost immediately. So they watch us and follow us!
One last thing that a person will exemplify when we are honest, and this one is something that we all strive for. We all become drawn to people that have this quality. We all want this quality. It is called authenticity. Now, that is contagious! I love being around authentic people. People that are sure of who they are and have a way of making others feel comfortable around them. Being an honest person allows us to become authentic. You can be authentic too. You have the ability to display any of these qualities that were just discussed. The foundation of them all begins with becoming a person of trust. It starts with being honest!