You have heard the word bombarded on the walls of conference rooms, in the corporate corridors and loud and clear through a mouth piece or headset. ‘Transparency’ has become both a request and an ask. Yet teams, organizations and individuals struggle with it.
Whenever I say Transparency, I also know how many people take it. But you cannot except people to be transparent when they are not safe in being so.
Transparency is not about the struggle to get everything right and perfect before letting anyone know about it. It is about being courageous, Courteous and Committed. And in the process making change happen.
- Courageous because it takes a tremendous amount of trust in oneself and those around, above and below in order to be Transparent about your ideas, suggestions, progress and Challenges
- Courteous because it is the right professional thing to do when you are in a game together. It gives visibility to people and is like a torch shining on what matters to people.
- Committed because you cannot be transparent unless you are committed. Committed to people, committed to the team, committed to wellbeing and in the process committed to the organization you work for. Commitment is at the core of initiating and accepting transparency as a catalyst for change.
We need more ‘Transparency Advocates’ in all organizations
Transparency is all about a mindset and the key to real transformations within and outside. While individuals and teams have a role to play, organizations have a responsibility to nurture transparency for transformation.
If in an organization someone takes a fall for being transparent, it will be noticed by many people. Every fall is well noticed. This can also result in people becoming less transparent going forward.
Transparency is no more a lip service. It is something where we all need to act on. We do it so we have a better place to work at.