The currency of great leadership is transparency and truth. – Howard Schultz
Every organization has cultural characteristics. Something we give great value to at Southwest Michigan First is transparency. It’s critically important to be transparent in how we share our work externally as a not for profit organization, but being an “open book” is just as important internally for our team to foster greater trust, communication and collaboration.
Today’s conversation is about all about establishing transparency within your organization and the benefits that come along with that culture.
Some of our strategies that we’ll discuss include:
- Scoreboard on the wall with all relevant goals and measures
- Playbook that every team member can reference
- Glass walls that are literally transparent!
- Office rotation to bring different team members together
- Open calendars
- Book discussions
- And more
Many leaders fear the idea of being truly transparent with their teams, but I can tell you that team members crave authenticity and transparency. If they don’t find it with you, they will go somewhere else to work for a leader who does embrace this culture.
I hope you gather some key takeaways for your own team and organization through today’s dialogue and find the courage to be even more transparent in your own leadership.
Question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how well are you doing at being a transparent leader?