A basic tenet of healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency, that is if it takes place. If I am transparent enough to myself, then I can become less afraid of those hidden selves that my transparency may reveal to others. If I reveal myself without worrying about how others will respond, then some will care, though others may not. But who can love me, if no one knows me? I must risk it, or live alone. It is enough that I must die alone. I am determined to let down my walls, whatever the risks, if it means that I may have whatever is there for me. 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, this is all to eliminate the chances of people defaming your dignity and questions of your integrity.
Public officials must understand that, Transparency is for those who carry out public duties and exercise public power, Privacy is for everyone else as for the “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
Trust, honesty, humility, transparency and accountability are the building blocks of a positive reputation. Trust is the foundation of any relationship. While transparency reduces corruption, good governance goes beyond transparency in achieving openness. Openness means involving the stakeholders in decision-making process. Transparency is the right to information while openness is the right to participation. Transparency is all about letting in and embracing new ideas, new technology and new approaches. No individual, entity or agency, no matter how smart, how old, or how experienced, can afford to stop learning as every day is different. All governments that operate Secrecy the linchpin of abuse of power, . . . are enabling force. Transparency is the only real antidote to most dysfunctional state departments, be it on local, provincial or national level. It’s evident that, a successful life is an authentic life. Happiness and creativity rest on a foundation of transparency to yourself and others. Knowing your own heart and speaking clearly to others keep you on the path.
To be a good boss, you must be transparent. Theres a correlation between worker happiness and workplace transparency. Leaders and managers who offer transparency will earn the respect and devotion of their team. A lack of transparency that fuels the idea that she is either hiding something or simply not someone to be trusted. Engaging in an authentic, meaningful conversation with Citizens will be the key to marketing success and growth, even if that means acknowledging negative feedback; transparency is paramount.
I would like to see transparency become the default for the Zambian government: Abolish the Freedom of Information Act so we don’t have to ask government for information but government must ask to keep information from us. The more transparent government is, the more collaborative it can become. The more our officials learn to trust us – with information and a role in government – the more we can trust them. In our recovery mode we put new standards of accountability and transparency, which we hope will now apply.
May God bless Africa