Leaders eat last
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The Marine Corps taught me the core of my beliefs about leadership. Here's one of them.
As a leader, you have two jobs. Accomplish the mission. Care for your people.
It's never easy to do both. There's sometimes a natural tension between them.
In the business world, the "people" mission is usually phrased as "people are our most important asset." Most business leaders subscribe to that. They talk the talk.
But now that we're in hard times, that job and those words don't seem to count any more. Suddenly, the only job that matters is the one about the mission.
We're seeing companies chopping jobs wholesale, without trying anything else to work through the downturn. They're not even trying time-tested management techniques that have worked for decades for the companies that seem to be able to keep their workforce intact when downturns come.
Here's another core belief I picked up in my Marine Corps days. Leaders eat last.
In that world it's straightforward enough. At the end of the day you make sure that your people are cared for and fed before you take your turn.
At Nucor they seem to understand that. When compensation costs need cutting it starts at the top.
But too many companies don't get it. They lay off thousands while the top executives don't even have to switch to paper napkins in the executive dining room.
My father-in-law likes to say that "Adversity doesn't build character. It reveals it."
We’ve got the adversity. And we're finding out which of our leaders have character.
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