It took us about 100 years to see business enterprises as living organisms which is not difficult to understand. The way they function is going to determine the way the hearts of persons are going to be moved. Writing in the Peace Weekly a professor in the business department of a university wants us to see the influence of big business on society.
Employees, consumers, investors and many others place much hope in these enterprises. The energy of those involved with the enterprise will determine the success of the business.
The cells of the enterprise are the workers; they have to be healthy if the enterprise is going to have vitality. This very obvious principle of management is difficult to follow in this world of unlimited competition. If a business enterprise wants to grow healthily it is necessary to be vigilant about the problems of unlimited competition.
There are examples of companies that have developed this concern for one another and nurtured the growth of the company. It is the enlightened leader who is the motivating cause for the growth of the company and helping in the enlightenment of the workers.
An enlightened leader can be described as a loving and humble person. This is the secret that attracts one person to another. When the workers see a leader as a father figure the workers are more disposed to devote themselves to the work.
Benedictines have shown us this type of management for the last 1500 years. This is what the Rule of St. Benedict says about the person who is responsible for the finance of the community. " As cellarer of the monastery let there be chosen from the community one who is wise, of mature character, sober, not a great eater, not haughty, nor excitable, not offensive, not slow, not wasteful, but a God-fearing man who may be like a father to the whole community. "(Chapter 31)
The professor leaves us with the thought that one enlightened leader in the world of business with an inspiration has the possibility of changing the world. This he sees as a great blessing.