Seriously, who does not love Tom Hanks?
What makes him so lovable and relatable? It could be his humor, his vulnerability, the common theme of the roles he plays having problematic egos that are still somehow incredibly endearing.
The following quote from him has always resonated with me, especially as it comes from someone so widely loved,
"The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time."
We might find the statement a little ironic coming from someone who makes a living in a form of deception. He wills us to believe the quirky, lovable characters he portrays are real and a real part of his authentic personality.
But I think his occupation makes the statement all the more true. Because despite the work he does, the role he plays, it is all sourced from an honest place. In this honesty he is consistent, reliable, and trustworthy. He does not have to spend much energy worrying about how his behavior, his choices, or his words are received, because since they come from a truthful place, he basically couldn't change them even if he tried.
I think his message is important for any type of leader. As leaders (managers, mentors, teachers, professionals) if we get into the game of altering our decisions or changing our behavior with an end goal of pleasing others or being received in a certain light, then we have lost the game completely.
Instead, if we source our words and actions from a place of honesty and truth, it may not always be received the way we intended it, but it will always be something we can stand by.