Leading from a place of transparency is already challenging enough without a pandemic. How are you supposed to do this during what is easily one of the most challenging times in history?

Why is it even important to leave the transparency? What are the results of living with transparency?

Two remarkably powerful results of leading with transparency:

Increased Trust, which leads to an increase in collaboration, innovation, and productivity.

Decreased Fear, which allows your team to focus on the task at hand.

Arnie Sorensen, CEO, Marriott, and Bob Chapman, CEO, Barry Wehmiller, are leading the way with remarkable levels of transparency… here’s literally what they’re doing…

  1. Share the facts. Arnie Sorensen shared,

     “9/11 and the 2009 recession resulted in a 25%       decrease in revenue.”

     “COVID19 has already resulted in a 90% decree in revenue in China, 75% worldwide.”

  1. Communicate with authenticity and vulnerability. Arnie Sorensen shared,

    “We can and will overcome this – we will thrive once again.“

    “It’s impossible to know how long this will go on.“

  1. Inspire hope. Arnie Sorensen said,

    “We can and will overcome this – we will thrive once again.”

Bob Chapman CEO of Barry Wehmiller, said that he is spending the vast majority of his time crafting messages of hope. He is literally looking for stories (internal and external) to inspire his team of 11,000 team members globally. 

Take the time Today to gather the facts, tap in to how you’re doing/feeling, go on a search for inspiring stories, and then communicate messages of hope. 

I have a file with stories of remarkable leadership. I’m happy to share it with you. Simply send me an email that says: “Stories of excellence in leadership” in the subject line and I’ll send you a link.

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Here’s to your greatness,

Misti Burmeister


For nearly two decades, Misti Burmeister has empowered leaders with the confidence and tools to solve people problems, increasing productivity and engagement across generations. She is a best-selling author, TEDx Speaker, award-winning entrepreneur, and community advocate.