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I recently heard someone described as “having no guile” – now there’s an ancient word from the past. How often do you hear guile used these days? It’s actually a good word to use to describe someone who isn’t deceitful or a hypocrite; someone who isn’t dishonest in their speech or behavior.

I really like that definition because it blends well with people that are transparent. It’s the whole WYSIWYG thing from the 80’s but only applied to people, not computer interfaces. You still hear people use that term to describe themselves to others as a way of saying they are transparent and not hiding behind a veneer.

“I think the currency of leadership is transparency. You’ve got to be truthful. I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day, but there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and conscience with people and show them who you are, and not be afraid of it.” – Howard Schultz

As Schultz says, transparency is one of those leadership currencies. It has a value associated with it, only it’s something money can’t buy. We might even say it’s priceless to find it in the people we work with.


Would you be described as transparent? Could adding this leadership currency significantly change how you work and improve the relationships you have?

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