Are Your Employees Safe By You?

In the last 2 weeks we have been witness to an incredible economic impact due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A large number of businesses have closed or had their sales drastically drop and multitudes of people have been terminated, laid off or simply have no work available, as businesses struggle to survive.

Many leaders such as small business owners are also struggling to survive as the business that is their livelihood is threatened as well.

And some leaders who have had to scale back their employees have opted to take a hit themselves by reducing their salaries significantly. And a handful are simply not taking a salary at all.

Here are a couple of examples of leaders who have taken that sacrifice to make their people feel secure:

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle cuts own salary to $10K, retail employees receive regular pay

6 CEO’s Who Are Foregoing Salaries to Support Their Businesses and Employees

While it’s great to see many business owners, leaders and executives sacrifice on behalf of their staff and company, there are still those leaders who have cut back staff and not taken any reductions themselves.

These types of leaders pose the question about their culture and your leadership:

Are Your Employees Safe By You?

The video below from a TED Talk by Simon Sinek describes the type of leadership in where people feel safe becuase the sacrifice of the leader becomes the focus of how to protect the group as a whole.

It is during these times of hardship that the survival instinct of people come to the forefront, and shows the true character of a person and their leadership.

While this flies in the face of so-called conventional leadership wisdom and application, time have changed and so has what business is all about.

And there is evidence from economists and business that this sacrificial attitude should be more prevalent. An article in Forbes last week outlined the reasons that CEOs should take pay cuts before firing workers, and Harvard Business Review outlined why this coronavirus crisis should not have to lead to lead to layoffs.

As a family would feel safe by the parent that protects the children that rely on them, or the military platoon by their commander, a leader in any organization must ensure that their people feel safe.

Even if there are hard decisions that need to be made that affect the people under their charge, if the leader doesn’t also sacrifice then the capacity of those people to trust and follow after the crisis is over is essentially gone.

A leader’s main purpose is to work to make their employees feel safe in every circumstance. Sometimes if takes a great deal of sacrifice from the leader to make their employees feel safe by them.

The type of leader you are is determined by your people’s level of safety and trust in your putting yourself on the front lines as well?

It’s most likely the one thing that will be your organization, and yourself, through this current crisis.

(image: pixabay)

About Paul LaRue

My goal - To encourage you to lead & influence others with positive impact.

Posted on March.29.2020, in Leadership. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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