CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD: As a small business owner does this concern you?

As most people are now aware that Yahoo has reported that they too were hit with a breach in their security and that millions of passwords where compromised. As a small business owner does this concern you?

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A Servant Leadership Culture that encourages and rewards freedom of independent thought and expression draws out those who thrive and creates an atmosphere of “win win”. But what happens when you ask for their password? Can you still have a culture of freedom?

Where do you draw the line on business freedom and security of intellectual property?

Leaders have a huge influence on or actually create the values of the company by what they believe is important. In turn, they bring on board others who value the same things. Thus the leadership model creates the cultural norm. This is not necessarily good or bad, right or wrong. It just is what it is.

When such an entrepreneurial environment exists, employees feel safe to voice opinions without fear of reprisals and are willing to take risks when making decisions.

Because leadership isn’t for the wimpy, and isn’t something we should only be teaching in church and in school, and if you want to be a true leader, I challenge you to look at your skills:

Skills like:

* Serve others. Whatever you do, should benefit others. This includes every product you help make, every service you help provide and every decision you make that impacts others.

* Lead with integrity. Never lie, cheat or steal.

* Show respect to everyone. Everyone desires respect. Everyone. Regardless of your position or power, ensure you show everyone respect.

(INTEGRITY: adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty)

Will you be asking for your employee’s to change their password in your business? Plus, asking them for “what” that password is? Is it worth the risk? I would love to hear your opinion on this subject.

Is it worth losing your culture to protect your business?
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