In many cases, your hands will be tied and you won’t be able to manage with an open book. However, when you can share plans, information, decisions and ideas the organization is considering with your team, do so. Here’s why:
- Your team is better prepared to solve problems and generate ideas you can use because they aren’t operating in a vacuum.
- Your team will trust you and the organization more when they don’t feel like they’re being kept in the dark.
- Employees are happier and more productive because they don’t fear the unknown or worry about how the next big change is going to affect them.
— Adapted from “5 Powerful Things Happen When a Leader Is Transparent,” Glenn Llopis, www.forbes.com.