This blog post will be a little blunter and possibly uncomfortable or convicting when you read it. I have experienced the pain when a leader isn’t honest or transparent. I have coached leaders who have struggled with this. Some leaders I have worked with have justified white lies and secret motivations. They said that they were trying to make the best decisions for the company, but in reality, they were trying to protect something. Unfortunately, more times than not, they are just protecting their ego. To be clear, you might justify it..but if you are aware that you do this and choose to continue, this is a massive character issue and will catch up to you.If you cant lead boldly with confidence, transparency, and honesty…don't lead. Click To Tweet
If you cant lead boldly with confidence, transparency, and honesty…don’t lead. Instead, please figure out something else to do until you can be secure and humble. Your team deserves to win. Your team deserves the best leader possible.
The leaders who are willing to change, win. The ones that want to live in the mirage they’ve created will die a slow leadership death and take everyone with them.
Are you being 100% honest with your team? Do they understand your motivations? If not, why?
Be transparent. Be honest. Be the best leader you can be. Your team is counting on you.
The subtle destruction caused by secrecy is that it slowly eats away at trust. And once trust is gone, it’s tough to get it back.
When you’re in a leadership position, it’s important to remember that your team members are always watching you. They’re looking to see how you react in different situations and judge you on your actions. You might think that you have them fooled. No one is fooled. I promise you.
If you’re constantly keeping secrets from your team, they will start to question your motives. They’ll wonder why you’re being so secretive and won’t trust you as much as they used to.If you're constantly keeping secrets from your team, they will start to question your motives. Click To Tweet
Being open and transparent with your team is essential, especially regarding transitions. Let them know what’s happening and why it’s happening. This will help to build trust, and it will make the transition process a lot smoother.
We always need to begin with the end in mind. Whether we like it or not..we are always in transition. You, as the leader, have a change coming. I don’t know when or where. But the transition is inevitable. Your team members will also have to face this fact.
Whether you win or lose often depends on how you handle this transition. Did you handle the transition with transparency and, hopefully, celebration? Or did you leave the reasons and motivations for transitions secret?
In reality, within 30 days of any transition, your motivations or team members’ motivations and secrets will be public. Destiny will expose the things you try to keep secret within a brief period.
Your team will know what you were thinking, and they’ll see why you made your own decisions for the good or bad.
Being open and honest with your team is essential, especially regarding transitions. Let them know what’s happening and why it’s happening. This will help to build trust, and it will make the transition process a lot smoother.