From 20 Questions for Leaders:
What is the one behavior or trait that you have seen derail more leaders’ careers?
I would say, without doubt, that the number one trait that I have seen derail the most leaders is, honesty.
This comes in many guises, such as not being honest about:
It could also be arrogance, in that they don’t think that their lies will be found out, but it all comes down to honesty.
Without honesty there is no trust.
This is why honesty is probably one of the most sought after quality in leaders.