NEUROLEADERSHIP JULY 2024 (WENDY JENKINS OAM)

Transparent Leadership
Transparent Leadership

GUEST POST BY Wendy Jenkins OAM, READY RESILIENCE

Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results.

Unleashing the Power of Neuroleadership: Transparent Leadership

Research by Slack highlights the growing demand for transparency in the workplace. Over 80% of workers expressed a desire for a better understanding of how decisions are made, while 87% of job seekers actively sought transparency in prospective employers.

These statistics underscore a critical shift in workplace expectations, emphasising that transparency is no longer optional but essential for attracting and retaining top talent.

From a neuroscientific perspective, transparency has profound effects on the brain and behaviour of employees.

The human brain is wired to seek safety and predictability. When neuroleaders are transparent, they reduce uncertainty and ambiguity, which are significant stressors.

This reduction in uncertainty helps to activate the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain responsible for rational thinking, decision-making, and social interactions. As a result, employees are more likely to feel secure, think clearly, and perform better.

Moreover, transparency fosters a sense of psychological safety, which includes being able to voice opinions, provide suggestions, and share concerns without fear of backlash or ridicule.

When neuroleaders practice transparency, they signal that they value openness and honesty, thereby promoting a culture of psychological safety. This, in turn, encourages innovation and creativity, as employees are more willing to take risks and contribute new ideas.

Another crucial aspect of transparent neuroleadership is the impact on trust. Trust is the foundation of any successful relationship, and this is no different in the workplace. Neuroscientific research shows that trust triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding and social connections.

When neuroleaders are transparent, they build trust with their teams, enhancing collaboration and cohesion.

Employees who trust their leaders are more likely to be engaged, motivated, and committed to their work.

However, achieving transparency requires more than just open communication. It involves consistent actions and behaviours that align with the information shared.

Neuroleaders must be willing to explain the rationale behind decisions, admit mistakes, and provide regular updates on the company’s progress and challenges. This level of openness not only builds trust but also empowers employees by involving them in the organisation’s journey.

How transparent are you with your team?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wendy Jenkins OAM is the founder of Ready Resilience, Co-Founder of the Lungitude Foundation, Speaker and Lung Transplant Survivor. Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results. Having been told she had two years to live over seventeen years ago, Wendy is driven to help people transform their perspective on challenges in life. To find out more visit www.readyresilience.com or connect with Ready Resilience Founder, Wendy Jenkins on LinkedIn.

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