“Just because you have the right to do something, it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.”
How many times have you driven into the parking lot of a business and seen a “Reserved for President” sign in a prime parking spot and the “Reserved for Employees” sign at the very back of the parking lot? Why do some leaders take those spots by the front door, when the people they rely on to take care of customers and the day to day running of their business, have to walk from the back of the lot?
How often do leaders take two hour lunches and then reprimand their employees when they come back late from their one hour lunch break? Yes, sometimes business is conducted over lunch, but when there’s not a legitimate reason for an extended lunch break, why do some leaders work by a different set of guidelines?
If company policy states that employees are not allowed to consume alcohol during their lunch breaks, is it okay for leaders of that same company to enjoy a glass or two of wine during a business lunch?
Why do some leaders feel they have the right to take home a bonus cheque after asking their employees to accept a pay freeze, a pay cut or reduced benefits?
“Perks of leadership” is a phrase we have all become familiar with. While leaders may be within their rights to claim those perks, is it the right thing to do? Enlightened leaders walk the talk, they recognize their title does not make them special or above the “rules” and they chose not to exercise their rights when it’s clearly the wrong thing to do.