We are on the outside but witnessing what I believe to be one of the most valuable lessons in politics. For many years, perhaps decades, maybe longer, the politics of North America has focused on, for the most part, those that have.
Two of the candidates in the US election who were considered underdogs have focused their campaign on those who struggle in the economy and have perhaps felt ignored by the candidates in past elections. Whether you like their politics or not they have been very successful in their campaign.
This campaign has given voice to the underlying discontent with the status-quo and I think it will change the face of politics in the US. I am not political and usually stay as far away from it as possible but see a lesson here for all politicians and for business.
I have seen many businesses whose management treats the employees much like the politics I described above. Their ‘golden boys (girls)’ can do no wrong, and if they do, it is overlooked. They get special attention and perks not bestowed on the rest of the employees.
Successful leaders are aware of all of their employees and co-workers. They recognize when someone is struggling and provide opportunities to bring them to their potential. They celebrate all of the employees and understand that it is the contribution of everyone that leads to success. Also understood is that communication and listening will keep the ‘elephants in the room’ from stampeding.
Yes, there is politics in business but good leadership will keep it to a minimum!
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