Haruka Nishimatsu, CEO of Japan Airlines lives by a philosophy that many corporate bosses should be paying close attention to.
Instead of acting like the ruler of the company, Nishimatsu acts like a leader, and sacrifices some of the big corporate perks so he can build a stronger and more dedicated workforce.
“If management is distant, up in the clouds, people just wait for orders. I want my people to think for themselves,” Nishimatsu told CBS News.
Nishimatsu takes the bus to work, he wears inexpensive clothes that his employees can all afford, and although he does usually collect a sizable salary, it is far lower than that of the average CEO. One year, he even significantly cut his own wages to avoid downsizing employees and cutting into their pay when profits were down.
When employees are working for someone who is afraid to get their hands dirty with the team, they find it more difficult to be passionate about the work themselves. Also, when broke and underpaid employees notice a CEO with flashy cars and jewelry they are bound to become discontent with their work, and harbor animosity for their boss. Ultimately, these types of bosses end up destroying their own companies by failing to create an atmosphere where people can actually feel good about the work that they are doing.
Nishimatsu understands this, and is able to create an environment that is not only more fulfilling for his employees, but also more profitable for the company in the long run.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.