The 3 reasons leaders should practice transparency.

Trust-Magnify-300x300_jpg1) CULTURE OF FREEDOM   Transparency in a leader translates into a culture of vulnerability and respect.  In today;s business environment people want to relate to their leaders on a real level and sincerity is being role modeled at the top of the organization everyone tends to want to be a part of the solution.  When people know and see that the leader is human and is open to taking responsibility for his/her mistakes, the team is bound to rally around the cause and be willing to go the extra mile.  There is a sense of freedom and that will inevitably spark creativity.

2)  PERSONAL LEARNING   If we as leaders are open to ideas and constantly seeking counsel that will open the door to everyone around you wanting to learn more and improve upon their skill set.  One of the most difficult things that leaders face is creating the time and space for personal learning for themselves and within their organization.  With people being busy with business we forget that sharpening the saw is equally as important for the road ahead.  It just takes the leader to provide the space for dialogue about what they are working on and how it will help him/her improve in their role to make it a priority for all.  After all, if the leader is investing the time to improve and is open about what he/she is working on the entire organization becomes interested in prioritizing time to grow themselves.

3)  ACCOUNTABILITY   Transparency facilitates accountability.  Leaders are always setting the tone, sharing priorities, and following up on their vision.  But there is absolutely nothing wrong with a leader wanting to be held accountable by their subordinates or others.  As a matter of fact, if a leader truly wants long-term sustainable success, he/she will ask the team to hold them accountable to the standard that they are setting.  When the leader is transparent enough to ask the team to hold them accountable the message is sent that we are all in this together and we are only as strong as the team member standing right next to us. At the end of the day, accountability can be the secret sauce to a business being successful, especially if the leader is seeking and providing feedback in a transparent manner.