Putting the restaurant first

A GM at Union Square Café made the following speech to a new team.

“I’m excited to be here; I believe in and love this restaurant with all my heart. I’m also clear about what my job is, which is to what’s best for the restaurant, not to do what’s best for any of you. More often than not, what’s best for the restaurant will include doing what’s best for you. But the only way I can take care of all of you as individuals is by always putting the restaurant first.”

It is a great message and one that holds true in any position of leadership. The best way to take care of the team is to put the team first.