Loyalty is earned and is not automatically guaranteed. In other words, loyalty is not openly given as it is a two-way street. When leaders place trust in those they lead it encourages loyalty within their team. I believe Richard Branson’s quote says it well, “Train people well enough so they can leave; treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” This is the essence of cultivating loyalty. Great leaders know that modeling trustworthiness in their behavior will be reciprocally effective. Because mindful leaders are aware of how they are being perceived by their co-workers, they are deliberate about their encouraging interactions with their team. A skillful leader knows they have a responsibility to set a high bar, because they promote the standard, form the expectations, and create the culture of the work environment.
Two of the most damaging ways to sabotage loyalty is to compromise the credibility of those you lead and never admit when you are wrong. A leader that undermines their team to others will never regain this lost loyalty when using this gut-punch leadership approach. Never admitting your mistakes is inauthentic and will certainly teardown group and individual loyalties. These are negative examples that demonstrate to those you lead that you do not have their back.
Loyalty is like the oil in an engine. Everything works more smoothly when it is present. Effective leaders always remember that leadership is a privilege, and trust and loyalty must be earned each and every day. Just as trust and respect are earned, loyalty cannot be demanded. Great leaders understand that inspiring loyalty is an essential component of successful leadership. If you are interested in enhancing leadership capabilities with executive/leadership coaching in your organization, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, place your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you in advance for your likes and sharing as it helps spread this message.