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Attention Leaders of Major Companies: They Might Not See You as a Real Person

Sometimes We’re Just a Title

One of the biggest challenges larger organizations have is a disconnect between the top dog and the front line workers. That’s no secret. But that’s also the reason the happiest employees work for smaller companies (and I can’t remember who to give credit to for that one – it was from a blog posted a couple of weeks or so ago!).

For those of us working for larger corporations, there is a powerful message in this article crafted by Washburn and Galvin. Hats off you two for including some really great stories that illustrate the power of our leadership.

It’s one thing to be reminded of the importance of our organization’s vision and how we should be aligning our mission to our values. It really drives it home when we read about those CEOs or leaders who actually do something about it. It’s wonderfully prevailing when leaders actually act on ‘it’ (whatever ‘it’ is) when things aren’t running smoothly.

Our people need to know we’re real human beings behind the title. We possess strengths and weaknesses just like the rest of the world. For those of us who haven’t gotten caught up in the glory of the ka-ching that comes with the title, most of us still possess a bit of vulnerability and transparency.

Let me rephrase that – even those powerful leaders out there who hide behind the masks of the power they hold are still human beings with vulnerabilities. It would behoove them to test out the art of transparency sometime.

It’s a beautiful reminder when we read about a major company whose leader stepped up to the plate (or out onto the floor) and showed his people where his values lie.

For those of you who happen to read this article, I’d love to hear your thoughts about CEO Zhang Ruimin’s demonstration~




~Dr B