The world can be a nasty place filled with deception, lies and false assumptions. Often leadership teams that are not honest, transparent and authentic will do more damage to new and hopeful employees. Or in the many cases I’ve been aware of over the years, many people believe they are on a leadership team, but the pay check never comes. After volunteering their time, energy, money and emotions, they finally wake up and realize they’ve been nothing but a full time volunteer. Some are from wealthy homes and a paycheck even for the wealthy shows a sign of worth, dignity and value. It says we appreciate you. Even Warren Buffett and other Billionaires don’t work for free. And then there are the other people who are not wealthy who may have to raise their own financial support or scholarship to be on the team. Often these people are living below the poverty level while receiving a tiny paycheck, publically treated like they are all on the leadership team, but in reality they are simply living in the dark trying to figure out what in the world is going on. I’ve sadly witnessed this abusive leadership behavior more from pastors and faith-based nonprofits where they often like to extend cheap grace in exchange for free labor. For even Jesus said, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16). And in this wise word, Jesus was referring to His disciples engaging other religious leaders – you know those people are perceived as being safe and good. So, how ethical, honest and transparent is your organization and leadership team?