“The lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity”.
The concept of transparency within the work environment continues to grow. Leaders who display relational transparency show they are willing to share information and understand direct reports, peers and supervisors want to be involved.
The quote above provides outcomes when transparency is absent from the relational process.
Relational transparency is an authentic leadership variable that highlights leaders should understand the impact their daily interactions can have (positive or negative) within the work environment. Relational transparency involves the leader presenting their authentic self, which helps develop trust by sharing true thoughts and feelings and displaying appropriate emotions. Trust develops as the leader shares information openly with all levels within the organization. Consistency with words, thoughts and actions are staples of relational transparency.
How can Relational Transparency improve work outcomes?
- Creates a nurturing environment
- Shows direct reports they are valued and appreciated
- Helps build meaningful and transparent relationships
- Enhances overall organizational functions
- Should be applied to both sides of a work relationship
Relational transparency can be leveraged to improve working relationships on multiple levels of an organization. This process can be used when working with staff members from other departments or organizations. Building trust when working on committees across the organization will only enhance the ability of the team to meet stated goals. A transparent leader’s authenticity can be viewed easily throughout the organization because nothing is being hidden in daily interactions with others.
Leaders must be willing and able to ‘balance’ multiple relationship levels: direct reports, peer to peer and supervisors. Relational transparency provides leaders with an impactful way to build productive working relationships and enhance the overall functioning of the work environment.
How do you display relational transparency in your work environment? How would this authentic leadership variable enhance daily interactions?