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Trust and Loyalty

Posted in Business Strategy, Culture, and Leadership

I have been fortunate to have some great leaders along my path. They seemed to have genuinely cared about me and instilled in me a strong trust and loyalty to them. These leaders had empathy, they were good listeners and knew how to inspire a team with a clear vision.

Success is a team sport. You don’t have to know all the answers and you don’t have to pretend you do. Anything you want to achieve is going to take the commitment of other people – and you can’t buy commitment. No amount of money can buy loyalty. It takes committed and loyal people who are inspired by a vision and want to contribute their talents to see a shared enterprise advance.” – Simon Sinek

Humility is a powerful tool. Humble people understand that their individual success is the result of the help and support of many people. Companies that have humility recognize their individual success is the result of all the hired people who work there and all the customers who gave to them.

Leadership happens in the hallways, not behind a desk. People who have a genuine curiosity for others, practice empathy, are good listeners, are good at asking questions, are willing to sacrifice their interests for the good of others, enjoy seeing others grow – these are the skills that, when practiced, will really put someone far and away above and beyond in their coming years and lead to success in the future.

Imagine going to work, where everybody you work with woke up that morning to think how they could help you be better at your job. How you can grow. How you can become more self-confident. How they can help you learn new skills and how they can offer you an opportunity to help them when they’re struggling. What an amazing opportunity. Imagine a world in which people wake up every day and come to work thinking about each other.

Consider waking up every day with the intention of inspiring others.

Resource: Moya, Bernardo. “Success is a Team Sport.” The Best You, January – February 2018

2 Comments

  1. I too have had some really great leaders in my past, and a fewn recently. In between there was a long spell when truly great leadership eluded me. I really like your post, Sean, leadership that permeates through the team from a leader who has a genuine interest in their people, curiosity and humility seem to be rare these days. Is it because the leadership they report to lacks those qualities too, or because the job demands of today’s market that short term rewards the “bright and shiny” as forgotten the sustainability and scalability value of team building? Sometimes it is frustrating!

    April 8, 2018
  2. Hi Lily. I am happy to hear that you like my post. To answer your question about ‘why does it seem to rare these days.’ I have a theory that has to do with hiring, culture and a focus on leadership. It starts with hiring people that have these traits (not skills) then having a culture that promotes these behaviors. And having a good leadership training program that is being properly used.

    April 9, 2018

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