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When it came to his attention that there had been an increase in work-related injuries at his company, here’s the response from Elon Musk, the brilliant CEO of Tesla electric cars…

“No words can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing.  It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful.

Going forward, I’ve asked that every injury be reported directly to me, without exception. I’m meeting with the Safety Team every week and will meet every injured employee as soon as they are well, so that I can understand from them exactly what we need to do to make Tesla a safer place to work.  I will then go down to the production line and perform the same task that they perform.

This is what all managers at Tesla should do as a matter of course. At Tesla, we lead from the front line, not from some safe and comfortable ivory tower.”

Musk’s commitment to employees and promise to take action is powerful.  That’s what business leadership looks like.  This is how you win the support, engagement and loyalty of your team.  We can all learn from this guy!

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