Can you imagine a world where all our leaders are transparent? Would this be a good thing or not? Perhaps any downside of transparency where seemingly impossible problems are raised as result would be outweighed by the possible solutions that others would bring.
So if look at the current environment it is even more important to be clear and transparent as a leader. We too often see leaders with the best intentions but end up talking spin instead of just saying how it is and giving people the facts. People relate more and believe more those who talk clearly and concisely instead of talking spin.
It is a time now even more when we should be building relationships in our teams and in society. We can only do this when our leaders are transparent and listen to feedback from people. Where leaders who are effective in this will make them stand out from the crowd and respected more.
Leaders who clearly communicate in a language we all can understand have an advantage over those who cannot. The advantage of been able to get their message across quickly and concisely and being heard by the broader audience. This is even more critical in our world now with so many diverse people and complex societies that we now have. Being able to cut through and communicate to all is and will continue to be a vital tool as we forge ahead into the post-pandemic world.
We as leaders need to recognise that it will take many months, even years for the world to recover from the pandemic. However we can recover quicker if we are willing to face the crisis we now face and deal with it in a mature way. We need to put aside our differences and start to have open conversations about how we will forwards as a nation and a world. If we are transparent in doing so as leaders in facilitating these discussions then the more likely people will listen.
There is hope for all of us yet however we as leaders and leaders all around the world regardless of where they are or what industry need to lead the way and transparency is one of the keys in leadership to get us moving forwards again.