Flattery in Organization



Managers in the organization require the right information to decide. Sometimes those around the manager may avoid providing correct but disturbing information to the manager who may be deceived by the false praise. Flattery destroys confidence and demeans the flattered. It also hurts the flatterer by destroying his or her credibility and integrity.
In Islamic and literary texts there are many advices on avoiding the act of flattery, but sometimes the existence of such undesirable behavior can be observed in many organizations. In this paper, besides discussions on flattery, the difference is distinguished from a compliment. twelfth-century poet, Saadi, had some interesting advice about flattery and expressed ways to deal with this moral issue in a poetic language.