The Secret Ingredient to Business Success

by Waldo Waldman, Lt. Col. CSP,

Jules Ormont once said, “A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities.” In business the more you increase the altitude of your success the less rights you have. When you are the CEO of a company you no longer have the right to a vacation, when you are the owner of a business you no longer have the right to get paid and when you are in management you no longer have the right to be respected. When you hold leadership position you have to earn your vacation, you have to earn your next paycheck and you have to earn the respect of your employees.

Earn Your Privileges

How do you earn these privileges? Through performance. If you do not make the sale you do not get a paycheck, if your business is in crisis you cannot desert the mission. And if you treat your employees unfairly and without respect you can expect little effort on their part in return. So what is the secret to finding success with your employees and inside your business?

The Secret Ingredient to Success

Wingtip – The secret ingredient to success in business is servant leadership. Wikipedia describes servant leadership as, “Servant-leaders achieve results for their organizations by giving priority attention to the needs of their colleagues and those they serve. Servant-leaders are often seen as humble stewards of their organization’s resources (human, financial and physical).” Through servant leadership you demonstrate that you care for both your employees and your organization.

Become a Wing-Giver

Be selfless, put others first and become a Wing-Giver. If you want to increase the revenue of your company, stop and listen to your employees when they are having problems at home or at work. If you want to increase job loyalty express your loyalty by praising your staff in public and correcting them in private. Not only will they respect you more but you will also notice that their desire to work will increase simultaneously.

Leaders do not demand respect or performance, they command it! Leaders command performance through their actions, by demonstrating servant leadership, by offering solutions in difficult situations and holding true to the integrity of their word.

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