Leaders who are transparent live their values. Transparency is an authentic openness to others about the own feelings, beliefs and actions. It allows integrity. Such leaders openly admit mistakes or faults. They confront others with their unethical behaviour and try to show them what is wrong.
Why is it essential to confront others with the own false and unethical behaviour?
People should know when others have a problem with them, with their behaviour. This problem may also be a serious problem in others’ eyes. People should know why we are not capable to understand them fully.
Confronting people with their false behaviour is a chance for them to reflect what goes wrong and to change the own behaviour.
Confronting people in that way has nothing to do with attacking people.
But there are often people who feel attacked – these are people who insist on their false behaviour and do not respect others and their opinion. They see only themselves. They are not able to adopt a good advice. They do everything to prevent a mutual understanding.
A lack of transparency may cause confusion, mistrust, reduced alignment and makes decision making slower, harder and interventions less effective. A good collaboration is not possible under these circumstances.
Be open to people and say it directly, but friendly if they lack the right transparency and prevent thus a good relationship with them.
Their behaviour afterwards will show you if they are open for you and try to understand. Thus you get a good feeling if relationships with these people make sense. People who are not transparent are never authentic – they will always try to win in a relationship. They seek only their advantage. Such relationships are not to recommend.
BEING TRANSPARENT TOWARDS PEOPLE IS A KEY PRINCIPLE IN BUSINESS
So what are you doing to drive transparency, trust and a mutual understanding in your organization?
(Source: Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman)