Earlier today, I met some of the VPs of the company I work for. Having to deal with them for most of my day made me think of my list of topics. Right smack in the middle of the list was this topic. Coincidence, probably but it gives me something to write about.
For those of you who don't know what VPs are they are Vice Presidents. They are the level under the CEO, so as a regular employee you do not want to make them your enemy. So do I think they are "leaders"? Nope! To be fair this was a trick question since I put the word leader in quotes. When most people think of the word leader they immediately think of someone with a title in a corporation. But not in my eyes, a leader is much more than a title. So let me define the term "leader". A "leader" is someone who takes action without being asked, they let their actions speak for them and they don't let the power get to their heads. That is a quick definition of a leader, sure I can say things like they are first to act but that is situational.
So now that I have defined "leader" in my own words why don't I think that these VPs are leaders. They were the type to delegate work to everyone else and they didn't seem to bring anything to the table. When a customer came into the store they wouldn't even greet them or make small talk with them. Some people reading this might be thinking that once you get this high up in the corporate ladder you no longer have to do the leg work aka deal with customers. Having that mentality means you have never seen a real "leader". Look at Sam Walton he was very humble and willing to get his hands dirty. In my decade of working in retail I have spoken to a couple of high ranking executives and even some CEOs. Most of them agreed on one thing that the customer is priority. It doesn't matter if you are the CEO or an intern, when a customer walks through the door it's your job to help them. When I said that they didn't bring anything to the table I meant that they couldn't give us any real advice. They complained about the lack of functionality within the system rather than offering a solution. From what I observed the VPs probably came into the company as a Vp rather than moving up in the company.
Not everyone high up in the company I work for are like this. A prime example is my Regional Manager, she worked her way up to her position. When I first met her I knew she was a true leader because she grabbed heavy merchandise and moved it around. She greeted every customer that walked into the store and she never once asked someone to do something that she wasn't willing to do. If a customer wanted an item and it wasn't available she called around for it. From spending a day with her I know that she can easily mover up in the company because of her work ethic. Unfortunately I rather listen to her than both of the VPs that I met today. Some may not agree with me but work ethic is key. You can't act differently just because you have a higher title, at the end of the day we are all humans.
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