Joe’s Journal: On the Dignity of the Worker, From the Boss to the Sweeper

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 | 2 Comments

“To attack industrial society, as would the sentimental equalitarian, because it is based on subordination instead of on formal equality is a misunderstanding of the nature of both industry and society. Like every other institution that coordinates human efforts to a social end, the corporation must be organized on hierarchical lines. But, also, everybody from the boss to the sweeper must be seen as equally necessary to the success of the common enterprise.”

Peter F. Drucker

Formal authority is essential in all organizations. Peter Drucker spent a lifetime working on methods to legitimatize formal authority.

Ultimately, this requires commitment by all to the mission of an organization and a leadership style promoting both responsibility-based management and servant leadership.

Responsibility-based management is embodied in Drucker’s proposal that everyone assume a certain level of managerial responsibility for his or her task and work group. Servant leadership recognizes the dignity of work and of the worker.

Individual dignity is a fundamental human right derived, in the United States, from the trajectory of human rights following the thinking of the Enlightenment and the writings of our Founding Fathers. When translated into organizing the cooperative effort of organizations, it leads to equality of opportunity, which is the promise of our nation.

Joe Maciariello


  1. Viktor Hadjiev
    November 17, 2012

    All organizations need some kind of a managerial framework within which to coordinate their managerial goals and activities. Ultimately this creates the necessity of a functioning formal structure and responsibilities of both managers and employees alike. Therefore, when we refer to org. hierarchy we need to understand the nature of the job (activities) being done and then define the hierarchy of responsibilities that each member of the organization commits to fulfill.
    Depending on the nature of the job hierarchy may result in higher level of interaction and interdependence or it may result in subordinate – boss-servant relationship.

  2. Viktor Hadjiev
    November 17, 2012

    All organizations need a managerial framework within which they can coordinate their activities aimed at achieving their goals and objectives. Therefore defining a formal structure and a hierarchy of responsibilities for both managers and employees alike is vital to organizational developmen.
    It also holds true the fact that hierarchy within an organization depends on the nature of the job. Therefore the primary responsibility is deciding what needs to be done and then determine if hierarchy is a boss-servant type or more implicit form of interdependence and interaction.


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