Sometimes strange things happen when people are promoted to leadership. They don't turn into creatures of the night or anything cool like that; but they do seem to suddenly feel empowered to hoard information.
Yes, this sounds absolutely ridiculous.
Yes, this builds zero trust.
Yes, this still happens all the time.
They Won't Understand
Early in my career I learned of an executive who "coached" his leaders to edit information that was shared in hospital-wide leadership team meetings. I wondered why anyone would withhold important information....the answer..."the employees won't fully understand..."
Eventually I inherited that same team...
...and shared every bit of information that was rolled out in those leadership meetings.
The Power and the Glory
Let's peel back the layers here. What exactly happens when leaders hoard information? Is it an ego thing? Perhaps a power play?
How is it that on one hand we rely on our employees to literally handle our business...and in the same moment, not trust them enough to get an update on what is happening, might be happening, or isn't going to happen?
Are we so much smarter than the rest of the team simply because we have a fancy job title?
How About You
Who are the leaders in your organization that are so stuck on their own greatness that they have completely missed the point of being a leader?
Share everything you can as quickly as you can. 100% of the time. You'll be amazed at the trust, credibility and loyalty you create.
I'd love to hear from you.