Honesty and transparency in leadership support the growth of trust. Trust is a fundamental part of a successful team, therefor it is necessary for us as leaders to continuously develop this trait.
It starts with sharing, without over-sharing.
As businesses face their ups and downs people want to be involved in more than just the good times. When there is a difficult situation ongoing confront it with your team as soon as possible. If you fail to do this, it can lead to gossip and rumours that can kill team spirits.
Give everyone a chance to ask you questions by holding an “ask me anything” session. You can do this in an open environment or an anonymous one, as long as everyone can see the answers you have shared. This will give colleagues a huge opportunity to ask questions they may not normally ask.
When a decision has been made, wether by the company or you, you will need to back it up with a “why”. Help your team understand the reason this decision was made, or they will come to their own conclusion which can harm relationships and in some cases reputations.
Remember, transparency means giving your team access to the same information as you.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson