Opinion

Recently I’ve had an idea, a thought, that I can’t get out of my head. The world needs more ethical companies. Now more than ever this Christmas! There’s a lot of hate for large conglomerate corporations, and it’s mostly justified. The way they behave and conduct themselves is disrespectful and objectifying. Corporatism as we know it today often creates a toxic environment that’s designed for robots and it’s bad for both customers and employees. Many would say this is just late-stage capitalism, and I sympathize with that but don’t agree that this is some inevitable stage of capitalism. People can change the world and stick it to the man if they really want to. Activism is more important and flourishing than ever. Many feel hopeless when standing up to the man, but this feeling needs to be thrown out the window.

I often find myself distracted from what I really want to achieve (especially with my ADHD-PI). There’s probably many others that feel the same. To those I say, work towards what you really want to see no matter how long it takes. It’s quite cliche, but it’s the ultimate truth. I want to see a world where companies are more often led by individuals with a clear sense of morality and humanity. People who value integrity, the happiness of others and our planet. There’s often a major disconnect from leadership and the working class. I believe this can be put to a stop with the right people.

We need more individuals leading companies who exhibit these qualities;

  • Lacking egocentric or narcissistic personality traits.
  • Humble, genuine, sensible and down to earth people.
  • Knowing or truly understand what it’s like to be marginalized.
  • Respect of individual liberty, live and let live.
  • Valuing others and relationships more than money.
  • Love for nature, people, charity and doing good to others.
  • Empathetic, showing a high level of emotional intelligence.
  • Thinking outside of the box, true innovators.
  • A knack for solving the world’s problems.

Those are only some of the qualities I believe are important for leadership. With more people like this we can do away with corporatism, as these kind of people likely have a strong distaste for that. The only way to get people like this in leadership positions is to convince them of, or show them their potential. If you know someone like this, please consider sending them this as encouragement. If you have these qualities, take action! The internet is the only library you’ll need, you can learn just about any skill with enough dedication and will power to be the change you want to see in this world.

Commonly, having a degree is associated with assumptions that someone is smart or they know the field that they have studied well. I don’t believe this is the case and would argue that most people who gain knowledge in a specific subject ‘forget’ if they don’t continuously practice. Anyone can become rusty and forget what they’ve learned and everyone does. Memory fades with time, so a degree doesn’t really show you know anything 20 years down the road if you don’t use that knowledge.

I’m generally focusing on the field of IT where it doesn’t truly matter what piece of paper you hold. People without degrees (me) often feel that we have to prove ourselves because we’re not as good as someone with one. I’m sure everyone has heard their parents or relatives tell them that they need to get a degree otherwise jobs will reject them. In IT this isn’t true and if it is, it shouldn’t be. I’ve seen some pretty bad IT “professionals” that have degrees. You can learn anything on the internet, especially IT. I think companies should hire applicants purely based on skill and willingness to learn! Gone are the days where companies require you to have a 4 year degree in IT (hopefully).