From my experience, transparency is a very important aspect of leadership that is constantly overlooked. Transparency is defined as operating in a way that is easy for others to see what actions are performed. This is especially important in leadership, as leaders are tasked with multitudes of responsibilities, and not all of which are things people necessarily know about. For example, I’ve been part of organizations where leaders worked very hard, but were still considered as lazy by others in the organization since they didn’t really see what the leaders were doing.
To be a transparent leader means that others in the organization know exactly what you are doing for your job and that your actions are in the best interest of the collective organization. While you may not share everything you do with others you work with, it’s good for them to at least know that you are working hard at what you do. This means you are opening up a line of communication with those around you and making sure that they are kept in the loop. Being transparent result in improved communication and increased trust amongst each other in the organization.
Being a transparent leader also helps to build your credibility as a leader in the eyes of others. When you are being transparent, you give others in the organization the sense of “what you see is what you get.” This is gratifying for your employees because they know that you are upfront and honest with them and that they can trust you to tell them what you can. Again, being transparent is not about sharing every single detail about what you do, but sharing with others what they need to know.
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