This country has certainly suffered through a substantial economic downturn- but it’s clear that the road to recovery is within sight. These days it is quite apparent that there are two types of people- those who allow their hardships to define them and those that define themselves through hardship- and companies are showing the same trend.
Some companies immediately adopted a “famine philosophy”- cutting jobs and looking to the Federal Government for assistance. Other companies took a much different approach- they faced reality and engaged their people to find ways to differentiate themselves from the competition. They faced challenges with their eyes (and ears) wide open. It’s been amusing to watch organizations grow and flourish while others cripple themselves and attribute it to bad breaks.
Isn’t it amazing that while our war fighters have been engaged in multiple theaters of conflict for over 10 years that our military is stronger than ever? Isn’t it almost unbelievable that Frontier airline employees collectively decided to take a 10% pay cut across the board to prevent thousands of layoffs?
So what is the difference between those who stick and those who jump ship? Loyalty. And I’ve got some news for you- it’s earned and it’s learned. People are loyal to those that are loyal to them (earned) and they watch their leaders to see what loyalty looks like (learned). It’s futile to be disappointed with the painting when you’re the one holding the brush!
Monday Morning Perspective
“You’ve got to give loyalty down, if you want loyalty up.” -Donald Regan
“Within the hearts of men, loyalty and consideration are esteemed greater than success.” -Bryant H. McGill
Becoming a leader (or company, organization, etc.) that people never want to leave isn’t as difficult as cynical critics would have you believe. Be loyal to your people- put their needs above your own, give them the benefit of the doubt, and strive to invest in them where ever and when ever possible- and you’ll find that even a tough economy can’t shake their dedication.
This country is on the mend. Your organization and your people should be too- but that all depends on you. What are you doing to ensure that your group is making the upward climb and not leaving members behind? Great people cling to great leaders. Great organizations have leaders who know that getting to the top means bringing the whole team with you- and praising them when they reach the summit and overcome obstacles along the way.
John Maxwell said it best- “If you think you’re leading people but turn around and no one is there, then you’re just going for a walk!”
Have a wonderful week!
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