Come Home Safe Soldiers, How Great Leader Make The Employee Feel Safe
Recently I have been watching TED talk and here is one article that profoundly touched me and given me more assurance to be a great leader. It says about "How great leader make the employee feel safe".
The speaker, Simon Sinek has been working on a project with a captain in the United States Army who was awarded the Medal of Honour in a ceremony and he was the sixth living recipient in the War on Terror in Afganistan.
In a mission where Captain William is carrying out a mission on 15 October 2013, to protect some Afgan political officers and the column came on to an ambush on all three sides. Of all that is happening, Captain William is recognised in live fire situation that where he rescue the wounded and pull out the dead. At that time he and his comrades rescued a sergeant and making his way to the medic helicopter and the medic happen to have a Go Pro on him that capturing the whole scene live on camera.
The Captain and his comrades carrying the sergeant with a gunshot wound on his neck towards the helicopter and soon he gets his soldier safely there, he bends down and gave him a firm kiss on the soldier's forehead and leave immediately to save more.
After watching this article, I was thinking to myself, where do this person come from? What is that? It is some kind of deep emotion and in that incident too, I saw genuine love, trust and sacrifices.
In the military, when the captain gives an order all his comrades follow without doubts or questioning because they trusted their lives to the captain and he trusted his to them.
Moreover, in the military, "they give an award to people who is willing to sacrifice themselves so other people may gain but in the business world, we gave the bonus to people to sacrifice themselves so we may gain."
Let us magnify this point.
An organisation is a base to an employee, HOD is the employee captain and the employee are the soldiers. Whatever outside the organisation is the threat of war and the captain is supposed to keep his / her soldiers feeling trusted and safe.
Furthermore, this statement that follows shouted even louder to me as a leader and leaders out there to look at ourselves again in the mirror. "Who are you?"
"Working with each other for each other and for the benefit of each other is more powerful than working against each other for benefit of ourselves"
Finally, I realised as a leader we must have the passion for inspiring and serving our subordinates, to be selfless and generosity to share in order to lead them to a better them in future.