Toyota shareholders: "Please stop crying, Mr. CEO"
One of the biggest traits a company CEO is supposed to possess is the unwilting nerves of steel to stand up to difficult times and meet the challenges that come with it head on. After all, what kind of CEO blows up in tears at the slightest provocation of shame that his company gives him? Apparently, we know of one such CEO, and all the free-flowing sobs he’s made over the past few months is starting to wear on on some of his company’s shareholders.
According to Reuters, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, not exactly a poster boy for nerves of steel, has already been requested by at least one of the company’s shareholders to hold back on the tears and start leading with more conviction. We have to admit that every time we catch Toyoda reaching for his hanky to wipe away sobs in between talking in front of an audience, we get a really good kick out of it.
After going through one of the worst imaginable stretches in company history, we really can’t put any blame on Toyoda for being an emotional man. His company was in tatters and he had no other course, but to let out an emotional display of remorse and regret. On the flip side though, crying for the whole world to see isn’t the fastest way to establish credibility with your leadership skills. It’s one thing to apologize, which Toyoda has down countless times already, but it’s another thing to do so while holding a hanky on one hand to wipe away those tears.
Be strong, Mr. Toyoda. The worst days for your company are hopefully over.