Loyalty - A feeling of allegiance, the act of binding yourself intellectually emotionally or morally to a course of action.
Loyalty is an admirable trait to posses but where does it fall into the big picture? Without loyalty, there is no meaning to the other principles. Why would you motivate yourself to be dedicated and devoted to a cause that requires honesty and integrity if you were not going to be loyal to it? You wouldn't, or at least I wouldn’t. Once you have decided where your focus is, you must remain loyal. If you do not, you would have already put in a lot of work to no avail. There are many ways to show loyalty. You must find the one that fits the needs of the cause you are working toward. Loyalty is the substance which ties the first five principles together.
So who or what should we be loyal to when it comes to being successful in management? Our employer? Our employees? Peers on the same level with us? Who? The answer is, all of the above. However, nobody said it would be easy. As a leader we have the responsibility to look out for the best interest of our employer, but this does not relieve us of the same responsibility to our employees. If you look at military history, great leaders such as Patton, Bradley and "Chesty" Puller had the philosophy that the morale of their men came first. It was their responsibility to take what ever orders came from command, however demoralizing they might be, and find a way to complete them, while being loyal to both their men and command. Patton and Puller were great masters of this.
For us in the corporate world, we have to do the same thing. First, decide what the "main thing" or what the "right thing" to do is. Second, be creative in developing a solution that allows you to focus on your employees morale and well being first, and obtaining the objective second. Please don't miss understand me, it is ultimately important that you complete the objective, but it is equally important that it is done while keeping your employees in mind. Once you are able to do this, becoming a successful leader will be inevitable.
Loyalty. Be loyal to yourself, be loyal to your employer, be loyal to your peers and most importantly, be loyal to employees. They are the ones that really get the job done. They deserve the credit, and they deserve your loyalty.
I hope in some fashion I have helped you focus on becoming a successful leader. Tune in next time.
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