In today’s world of constant change, the concept of job security is one we rarely hear about any more, or it’s used in a light-hearted context. I have a brother-in-law who is a chemical engineer at Hanford in Eastern Washington, where we often joke he has real job-security.
But why is it that in today’s corporate environment (at least in the United States), people are seen more as a commodity, and therefore easily tossed to the side when the business environment is down? And what are our responsibilities as business leaders to the organizations we serve? And at what point did that become separate from the “people” we serve, our internal resources, those we rely on to further our missions, serve our customers, “get the job done” and in turn, who rely on us for their livelihood and for many, are an extended family of sorts?
Simon Sinek is one of my favorite speakers and authors on business concepts and is best known for his TEDx Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. However, I was extremely moved by this talk he gave on his perception that great leaders are ones (or at least should be and COULD be ones) that actually make you feel safe, even in a challenging economy. I hope you are as inspired as I was.