Loyal - "unswerving in allegiance"
There was a time when employees were thankful to have a good job, working for a good company, one that would 'take care' of them for the duration of their career. It seems to me however, there was an imbalance between the organization and the employees who worked hard for those companies to grow and prosper.
It's as if the popular mindset of employers as all-powerful beings that controlled one's entire future was real. Did those loyal employees actually feel that way; or, was it some sort of cultural power play that tricked employees into believing they had to feel loyal or some grave outcome would surely befall them?
While I have tremendous respect for those individuals who feel so deeply connected to the mission of their organizations that they couldn't imagine leaving, that is not what I see playing out in the contemporary world of work.
I think we've had our view of the employer / employee relationship completely backwards for years.
Yes, bold leadership is absolutely essential if an organization is going to be successful.
However, the burden on leadership is not only to be provide effective decision-making, but also to be equally as focused on their relationship with the people on the team.
When leadership believes they are always the smartest people in the room, that organization has begun a death spiral.
Arrogance never plays well.
How About You
When we ask our employees to give us their souls, we sure as hell better be prepared to give them everything we have in return. That does not mean imparting our wisdom as if it is some sort of divine message.
Rather, it is a mandate that we stay connected, listen, respect, support and by all means ensure that our team feels valued. Absent that, we will be just another organization that had great potential, but the leadership team screwed it up.
I'd love to hear from you.