Great things happen when leaders are transparent!
Whether you are looking to enhancee your leadership skills or looking to step into a leadership role, one of the most important questions to answer is, "What is leadership to you?" For each of us the answer is something different, but one of the most important and often overlooked characteristics of a highly effective leader is transparency.
As the workplace continues to shift, employees and colleagues are looking for leadership that they can trust. One of the largest contributing factors to feelings of trust is transparency.
Today's employees are tired of getting hit with surprises. They understand that job security is being threatened, but they want to be part of a culture that takes away the unknowns. They are seeking the truth and will stay extremely loyal to those leaders that deliver that truth.
If you are a leader looking to take your skills to a new level, this article written on Forbes.com, titled "5 Powerful Things Happen When a Leader is Transparent," by Glenn Llopis, talks about the shifts that occur when employees trust their leaders. Recruiting and maintaining top talent in your business is a must in today's workplace. Read Llopis' article and find out how transparency can help you make that happen.
How Transparency Enhances Your Leadership Style
1. Problems are solved. When you are able to cut to the chase and let employees know exactly what you need and why you need it, you will be amazed at their willingness to make it happen. When employees understand the needs and timelines, they can work together at a faster pace to solving the problems at hand. Don't hide from the problems to protect them. They will go the distance if they know what is happening and your concerns.
2. Teambuilding occurs naturally. When teams feel they can trust you and are given transparency, a powerful thing occurs–they join together and unify for the common good of your business. Talk with your team about weaknesses and strengths that you notice and discuss how to move forward. Listen to their suggestions and hold them as resourceful in making the needed changes.
3. Relationships bloom. When you are transparent and foster the same qualities in your team, relationships form between team members. Employees that feel as if they are heard, respected, and treated as a human being, are able to be true to each other. When openness occurs, there is no need for misunderstandings or unneeded tension between members.
4. Trust becomes contagious. When your team begins to trust you, it shows and others will follow. Let's face it that word of mouth in the office and on the street is a powerful thing. When you foster trust and transparency in your business, word travels fast and others begin to trust you too.
5. Performance is enhanced. When your employees trust you and feel your honesty, they naturally want to work as hard as possible for you. They don't want to disappoint you, so productivity increases and creativity thrives, creating a workplace that is fun, exciting, and motivating.
Creating a workplace that brings out the best in your employees requires you to be real.
Be human, be vulnerable, be authentic and watch what unfolds.
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