In my previous post, we discussed the importance of a high-relationship culture. A high-relationship culture provides a solid support system for those involved in executing the vision. Working together is not only about the task to be done but also about the people doing the task. When you “see” the people you are working with, their tasks can become more enjoyable, and extra effort is made in ensuring the task is completed with success. Another aspect of creating success is having a culture where people can grow, which in turn supports the growth of your vision.

#12 Create a culture that has high candor

For me, the word candor equates to two aspects, truth and responsibility. Telling the truth to a co-worker, leader, or someone you lead can bring about a discomfort no one wants to experience. However, if you want growth in your team and the development of your vision, you must share the truth. In hearing the truth, responsibility is assigned. The receiving party must decide whether they will accept the truth and make changes or reject the truth and remain the same. If the receiving party accepts the truth and is open to change, together you can move forward. Yet, if they oppose the truth and decide to remain the same, you cannot move together. As such, your vision will suffer.

To create a culture that is high candor, you must model it as the leader. Chron.com shares, “Honesty in the workplace provides a solid foundation for building cohesive and productive teams. An honest leader sets the tone and models expected behaviors of truthfulness. Employees benefit from knowing they can trust what the boss tells them.” Your candor breeds trust from your team and trust leads to belief in the vision. Chron.com further states that truth at work conveys respect, supports mental health, and gives credibility to problem-solving, encouraging responsibility and accountability.

So, how do you create this high-candor culture? As Christians, we certainly should do so with the love of Christ in our actions, but also, we should employ learned skills. Entrepreneur.com provides ten steps a leader can employ to create this type of culture.

  1. Invite perspective.
  2. Be patient.
  3. Listen for what is important.
  4. Do not push your point of view.
  5. Take your time.
  6. Gently challenge assumptions and negative projections.
  7. Do not assume anything.
  8. Do not take things personally.
  9. Offer support.
  10. Thank others for sharing.

As a leader, what is your next step in creating a high candor culture?

Resources

  1. The Advantages of Telling the Truth at Work, https://work.chron.com/advantages-telling-truth-work-2975.html, September 4, 2020.
  2. 10 Steps Leaders Can Take to Create a Culture of Candor, https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/315627, July 2, 2018.

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