For now, I’m happy two of my favorite institutions are celebrating their Sesquicentennial: my alma mater, Gustavus Adolphus College and US Bank. Last Friday, a team of long-term US Bank employees rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. It’s an iconic image on the business landscape in America. I wonder if there is a Gustie in that image?
What does it take to sustain an organization over 150 years? Four good things come to mind: rewarding excellence, demonstrating generosity, demonstrating fairness and spreading positivity. These are the cornerstone principles of Good Leadership – and they are alive and well at US Bank and Gustavus Adolphus College. Banking and colleges are tricky business – a lot of complex people walk in and out of their doors everyday. It takes good leadership to stay out of trouble and consistently earn the public trust over 150 years.
Good leaders make a habit of embracing the challenges to earn the public trust. And they celebrate the major milestones in good style when the spotlight is shining.
What significant milestones are you celebrating?