The expression “Leadership starts at the top,” and “Lead by example,” are just a few of the many catch phrases that are out there to define what it takes to run a successful business or organization.
Some phrases are just catchy gimmicks, but I believe the two phrases above to have a lot of truth to them.
Having worked in the business world for over 25 years, I have dealt with numerous companies and professionals. The one common factor in deciding the success of these companies?--The types of people in control.
You can learn a lot about a company by simply paying attention to the work ethic of ownership and company executives:
Does the owner or executive have sincere enthusiasm about the business, its products, and its mission?
Do they stay actively involved in the day to day operations of the company?
Do they care about their employees?
Are they empowered, confident decision-makers with managerial competence?
Answering “Yes,” to these questions makes for a positive work environment that translates to higher productivity and greater success.
It also earns the company a good reputation—a concept which I still believe means something real.
I would rather work for a company run by people who are honest, who care about their employees as well as the product the company produces than those who prioritize selfish interests over the quality of their contributions.
There are a lot of companies that have lost a sense of pride in what they do and what their reputation is.
Do yourself a favor when looking for a job or when considering which company to do business with—pick the one with the leader who is out in front of the company and its employees and who understands that a good reputation matters.
Article by Tom Cavallero