“You give loyalty, you’ll get it back. You give love, you’ll get it back.” Tommy Lasorda
Loyalty is an old word and cited by many leaders. But it is a puzzling word. Many of us have seen our parents work their whole career at the same facility only to be let go just before retirement. Apparently loyalty was not a two-way street.
Some have followed leaders blindly-being loyal. But was it from love or fear?
Whistleblowers have cropped up and consequently some unjust activities were exposed and practices corrected. The whistleblower is seen by the company as disloyal, but by the community as a brave exposer of injustice.
Perhaps we use the word loyal to promote a concept of unconditional love for someone. But even as a loving parent we have to sometimes say ‘no’ to the child.
Is it loyalty we seek or honesty and dependability that are the more supportive options?
“Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.” Albert Einstein