There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every week, Business News Daily will share a leadership lesson from a successful business owner or executive.
- The leader: Mehran Assadi, president and CEO of National Life Group
- Time in current position: 7 years
- Mehran's philosophy: "Respect all. Treat your teammates the right way, listen to them, and value their role and their input." (Click to tweet)
I came to this country from Iran as a teenager and many of my views have been colored by that immigrant experience and perspective. I have tremendous respect, for example, for the founding fathers of this country. They were leaders with a powerful yet simple vision. There are lessons for us all in how they crafted the Constitution of this brand new country – keeping the document simple and yet able to stand the test of time.
As CEO I have worked hard to keep the vision, mission and values of National Life Group as simple as possible. Our value statement is made up of six words: Do Good. Be Good. Make Good. Everyone in our company knows our value statement and lives by it. The beauty of Do Good, Be Good, Make Good, is that it talks about our intentions, our actions and our outcomes. All in six words.
My most important mentors have been my dad and my mom. I learned servant leadership from my dad. His philosophy was to respect all, no matter who they are, what town they come from, what is their spirituality. You respect all. That has been a guiding principle in my life. My mother and my father had such an authentic respect and love for those they worked with and those within their community.
That guiding principle – respect all – has led me to understand how important culture is to an organization. Culture is what gives spirit and personality to an organization. And to be truly successful your organization must have a mission or a purpose. Mission-driven companies show up differently and they have a higher calling. That higher calling will guide them to make the right decisions, to be sustainable, responsible and will put the emphasis on doing the right thing.
Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.