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Do Leaders Always Need Honesty from Their Subordinates?

 

What did Demaratus mean when he told Xerxes:

Thou hast now to deal with the first kingdom and town in Greece [meaning Sparta], and with the bravest men?

Was this a message Xerxes, the Persian ruler, needed to hear? Why, or why not?

How hard is it for a subordinate to tell a leader what that leader may not want to hear? In other words:  How hard is it to speak truth to power? Explain your answer.


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