Supervisors and their direct reports are not equals. If you are a supervisor, I advise that you keep this golden rule in mind. When you are required to communicate a decision to your subordinate, understand that communicating does not mean “explaining.” Employees do not want to hear the full story behind the decision.
You are not your employees’ equal. You are the boss. And, as the boss, your employees count on you to be the one who holds the ship together. By over-explaining the reasons for a decision, by seeming too apologetic, you have failed your employees.
This does not mean that you must be aloof and reserved. But it does mean that you should quit oversharing. When you try to explain the behind-the-scenes politics, you confuse employees and lead them to believe that there are unanswered questions within the organization. This can be a costly endeavor.