As a leader, sometimes we have people that bring us information. Don’t let somebody carry somebody else’s message, because it hurts their development.
If someone comes to you and says, “I need to share something with you, but I can’t tell you who told me,” in most cases you need to tell that person, “please don’t share it with me.”
Instead, ask them for suggestions on how you can be more approachable, so others are comfortable coming directly to you. Thank them for trying to be helpful, but let them know that it’s more helpful to encourage everyone to carry their own message.