People Are Always Down With What They Are Not Up On

Gossip occurs when there is not enough information. If they don’t know about something they are a bit suspicious from all 3 angles: followers, leaders, and peers (people you work with).

Gossip breeds in silence. Pessimism nurtures dissatisfaction. If people are not included in on information or are left out of the loop, then those people will operate as renegades out of the group.

A leader’s staff must be in the know. There needs to be communication… and lots of it! Staff cannot support what they have not been included in on. The leader creates a vacuum and mistrust unnecessarily.

It is always vital for synergy in any organization to have high trust and high cooperation. Those traits will not occur without communication.

This is part of a series called Patty Proverbs. When I was in college @ Multnomah University in Portland, our professor, Dr. Steve Patty, shared some proverbial leadership wisdom with his students. These are his “proverbs.”


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