What you can do to be transparent as a leader is be clear about what your obligations are as a leader and communicate that with your team.
We hear a lot today about leaders needing to be transparent. It’s actually a bit of a loaded word because in reality leaders can’t ever be fully transparent. There are things you need to keep confidential. Things that you’ve got to protect. So we’ve got to address that point first. But the second point around what does it mean to be transparent is for you to be personally clear on what your obligation as a leader is. For you to be personally clear on what kind of leader are you trying to be for your people. And communicate that to the people that you lead. Because once they’re clear on what you’re trying to achieve and how you’re trying to achieve it that brings a certain degree of transparency and clarity that helps them. They understand you better. The heart of accountability and transparency is for you to be really clear on what are you trying to accomplish as a leader and what’s important to you. What are the expectations you have for yourself and others and really communicating back to the people you lead. That is the heart of transparency that I believe is critical and at the heart of true accountability that we need among our leaders.
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