How transparent is too transparent?
Being in middle management is sometimes tough. You hope you are empowered to make decisions on behalf of your team….to utilize your leadership skills to run your team that fits the business needs while also considering the career satisfaction of your individual teammates. With that said, I recently encountered a situation that I made a decision that made good business sense and also helped to retain a fantastic teammate (and helped her feel excited about her role again). We’ve been operating under this change for the last 4 months. Just recently I was told to undo it with no context. I responded back with metrics, pros and cons and was yet again to undo it with no context. I plan on asking the obvious questions during my next meeting with my leader ….but when I communicate this to my teammate that we have to go back to doing what we were doing when she dreaded her job….how transparent can I be on what transpired? I want to be supportive of my management team, (although I completely disagree) but want to be supportive and advocate for my teammate. Thoughts?
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