In certain successful organizations like the military, police, and several others, the unity that derives from a result in loyalty in leadership is the most important instrument that these members rely on in order to complete their goals. However, loyalty is not just a tool for those who risk their lives—it has a very systematic function that resides deep within our biological makeup. Loyalty is often overlooked in many aspects of business that ultimately have guaranteed consequences often leading to an inevitable demise.
Loyalty, much like many other involuntary ideas that exist deep within the brain of every living species, is one that relies more on human intuition rather than rational decision-making. This idea is usually communicated to the brain through the process of neurotransmission—a chemical process designed for the survival of life. The brain uses this process to send involuntary signals throughout an individual’s body for various different reasons to ensure the survival and success of the human race.
In every business setting, there is a specific dynamic to the environment that is created by the way the business is operated. This is a result of the direct leader or leaders who manage the organization, such as the CEO, president, board of directors, or even the owner of a company. These people set the bar for success for every member in their organization to reach. The fate of their organizations’ success depends on their leadership.
However, most bosses today fail to realize that they are not the only ones who need to trust the people they work with—the relationship should be mutual to ensure success. There needs to be a mutual understanding between both the boss and employees that they can both rely on each other during the good times and the bad. In short, the employees must trust that if the company has a bad period, their boss will not fire them to save the company money. If both parties share a mutual trust for one another, and the leader is just as loyal as their followers, there is a better chance that their organization will result in success more often than not.
In some of those organizations mentioned before, like the military and the police department, each member involved is usually risking their lives to achieve a shared goal, such as ensuring the safety of the public. These members are most likely not risking their lives for a paycheck, but more for an idea that benefits everyone, all the while knowing that if they fail or are in danger, their team, including commanding officers, will support them. This is the only way these organizations are able to succeed—loyalty to one another.
Lack of loyalty is one of the main reasons that most people dread going into work on a daily basis. It is the idea that if they fail to succeed, even if they have succeeded several times in the past, possibly generating or saving their organization a significant amount of money, they may still lose their job. This type of thought process, derived out of fear, usually guarantees behaviors such as low productivity, failure to succeed and even limits to growth. The repercussions of these behaviors will ultimately limit the level of success of the overall organization.
Simon Sinek, the world-renowned author of such works as Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t and also a member of the RAND Corporation, believes that leaders need to inspire and be loyal to their followers in order to guarantee successful results for all parties involved. Simon’s TED Talk that earned him over 19 million views can been seen below.
By Robert Masucci