One Smart Habit Can Lead To Personal And Professional Success

For the past few nights, I’ve been watching the Netflix Show “After Life”. It begins with Ricky Gervais’ character, Tony, punishing the world by doing and saying what he pleases (as he mourns the loss of his wife to cancer). He comes to the realization that he feels best when he uses his superpower of being open and honest, when it is the right thing to do.

Transparent leaders disclose actions, successes, and failures to their teams. They find that by doing this, they’re able to build a stronger team.

There were 117 responses to my query for Founders, CEOs, and Directors of HR to weigh in on their experiences with transparency in the workplace. I read them all. Many leaders gave examples of the effects transparent communications has had in their companies, including increased job satisfaction and commitment to accomplishing company goals. The following were the best illustrations of transparency in a business setting.

1) Decreased Information Hoarding

“Sharing information about my executive team and board meetings, membership triumphs, and setbacks, and financial situation helps to increase staff involvement. Breaking free from information hoarding – which can be a severe issue, particularly in firms with long-tenured employees who possess a wealth of institutional knowledge.” - Rithy Thul, Co-Founder Selendra, in Cambodia.

2) Empowered Constructive Criticism

“Transparency should have the goal to empower constructive communication with the right understanding and expectations amongst team members and executives. When upper management is open and communicative with their employees, they will also be encouraged to share. This includes sharing new processes to develop workflows, innovative and creative ideas, and even feedback.” - CEO Lynda Le, Founder of the Polish Perfect Blog, and a nail technician, based in the United States.

3) Proper Feedback & Genuine Appreciation for Employee’s Work

“An organization’s motivation for transparency should involve everyone, as it takes a combined effort to foster and maintain a transparent culture. Transparency improves the boss-employee relationship as the employer receives trust, respect, and productivity from the employees, whereas the employee gets the proper feedback and genuine appreciation for their work.” Stephen Curry, CEO of CocoSign, Upstate New York.

4) Open and Honest Communication

“The practice of being transparent in organizations involves the managers being open and honest with others, no matter how challenging the situation might be.” -Isla Sibanda, entrepreneur and a CyberSecurity Specialist at Privacy Australia, with a background in ethical hacking and computer science, from South Africa.

5) Better Customer Service

“Transparency can also translate into better customer service. When your employees believe in your company, they’re much more likely to take care of customers as if they were their own.” -Erin Stone’s CEO of Hinterland Co., based in Australia.

Transparency is one of several smart habits that can lead to success. If you’re looking for reasons to increase transparency in your organization, business, or university, remember these top 5 benefits of transparency in the workplace from professionals across the globe.

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(Photo Credits From Left To Right: Rithy Thul, Lynda Le, Stephen Curry, Isla Sibanda, Erin Stone.)

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