Everybody Matters Podcast: The Object of Leadership

I’ve written many times about my three “revelations” that formed the basis for Barry-Wehmiller’s journey to Truly Human Leadership.

The one that always gets the most reaction is the wedding story. In short, as I watched a friend walk his daughter down the aisle, I realized that every single one of Barry-Wehmiller’s team members are like that young lady. Every single one of them is someone’s precious child, with hopes and dreams for a future through which they can realize their full potential.

The power in that revelation was the realization that the people within our span of care are not objects. Some leaders view their people merely as the function they serve—she’s an engineer, he’s a mail clerk, he’s a machinist—and not as the precious human beings they are.

When we realize that people are not objects, they are not tools for our success, we have begun to take our leadership to an entirely new level of understanding.

On this week’s Everybody Matters Podcast, David Vandermolen, Barry Wehmiller University’s “Leadership Sensei” talks about this very subject. Make sure to also check out David’s previous two appearances, “The Shape of Leadership” and “The Swag Bag of Leadership.”


The Everybody Matters Podcast is available for free on iTunes where you can easily download it straight to your computer or mobile device. We encourage you to subscribe to the Everybody Matters podcast on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode. It is also available on Spotify and You Tube. You can download the podcast here or listen straight from the player below:

Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $3+ billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting firm, Barry-Wehmiller’s 12,000 team members are united around a common belief: we can use the power of business to build a better world. Chapman explores that idea in his Wall Street Journal best-selling book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring For Your People Like Family, available from Penguin Random House.

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