By Christine Hollinden

Transparency is becoming a business buzzword equaling networking, but what does it really mean to an organization, its team and leadership? Does it mean that every single detail must be revealed to everyone? I don’t think so.

In my opinion, transparency means sharing your vision with your team, as well as the path to achieve that vision. That’s not equivalent to sharing sensitive or confidential information that, if misinterpreted, could negatively impact employee morale or sales. That’s where I think transparency stops – abruptly.

Leaders are to lead. Helping employees envision their role in the ‘greater good’ is also a leader’s responsibility. People want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They want to believe that their chosen profession some how, some way makes a difference – regardless of what they “do” for a living. I believe that the average person wants to be inspired and motivated.

Visionary, inspirational leaders with a dose of humility achieve a natural state of transparency because they hold the key – passion. They share their vision and the path required to achieve that vision – no matter how challenging that path may be. They help their team members realize they are indeed part of something much bigger than themselves.