I am Yoshida, president of Yamada Shusei Ltd., a professional apparel garment repair group in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.
If too many charismatic leaders hinder the healthy growth of an organization, what kind of organization should we strive for?
If an organization that can say "No!" when necessary and that ensures healthy relationships that are neither "controlling" nor "dependent" is a "self-reliant organization," its characteristics are as follows.
1) Characteristics of a "self-reliant organization"
Members of the organization clarify their roles and goals, and think and act on their own initiative, thereby enhancing the results of the entire organization.
The leader of the organization enhances the vitality of the organization by drawing out and supporting the members' autonomy and abilities.
The organization enhances its competitiveness by responding flexibly to the external environment and customer needs, and by constantly improving and innovating.
2) Benefits of Forming Self-Reliant Organizations from a Psychological Perspective
From a psychological perspective, the formation of a self-reliant organization leads to an increase in employee self-efficacy and initiative. Self-efficacy refers to the degree to which one believes that one's abilities and actions will affect the achievement of goals. Initiative also refers to acting on one's own initiative and values. These elements can increase employee motivation and performance, as well as prevent excessive dependence or submission to the company organization.
3) Benefits of Forming Self-Reliant Organizations from a Sociological Perspective
From a sociological perspective, the formation of self-reliant organizations leads to changes in employees' social relationships and role assignments. In a self-reliant organization, employees develop equal relationships with their supervisors and coworkers and cooperate with and support each other. Employees also clarify their roles and responsibilities and make their own judgments and decisions. These can enhance employees' social and communication skills, as well as their adaptability and flexibility to the company organization.
4) Benefits of "Self-Reliant Organization Formation" from an Economics Perspective
From an economics perspective, the formation of self-reliant organizations leads to higher employee productivity and creativity. In a self-reliant organization, employees not only have a sense of ownership and pride in their work and perform their jobs more efficiently, but they also actively communicate their ideas and suggestions, resulting in more innovative and competitive products and services. All of this adds value and profitability to employees, as well as increases their contribution and loyalty to the company organization.
Even managers have strengths and weaknesses. I believe it is important to be aware of one's strengths and weaknesses, and to continue to challenge oneself and one's team to improve according to the situation in which one's company finds itself.