#WisdomWednesday C2C Mini-Blog by Greg B.
Leaders put a high value on LOYALTY.
Loyalty is something that is difficult to quantify but is easy to understand.
Recently, in the TV series “Madoff” the subject of loyalty was cast very clearly in a particular scene. Richard Dreyfuss who plays (Bernie) is about to hire a new secretary. Before closing the offer he makes it very clear that she needs to be loyal to him, not the company. She understands and she accepts. He gives her a black book of his most important contacts. The contacts he needs if something ever goes wrong.
For some leader’s loyalty is part of the program. This is especially true when we give serious consideration or offer employment.
Truth is most people are or at least want to be loyal employees, contractors, followers.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is when leaders take loyalty for granite. They assume it will always be there because they hired you, developed you, invested in you.
Loyalty is a TWO-WAY STREET.
Great leaders understand that in order for loyalty to work it has to go both ways.
Jumping back to our TV series… that secretary had so much trust in Mr. Madoff that she invested all her money with is firm. Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme. So, that secretary turned over that black book without a second thought.
So, how do you build a healthy loyalty into your leadership style?
– Get to know your people
– Find out their career goals
– Pay attention to significant personal events
– Offer support to help them reach their goals