The New Leadership in Industry

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CHAPTER V THE EMPLOYER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY

IN discussing the employer's relation to the community, local or national, one must keep in mind that he is part and parcel of the community.1 His relation to it is not to something outside himself, but to something of which he is an essential component. A socially healthy community, local and national, reacts upon his well-being as much as it does upon the well-being of any other member of the community. This distinction is important because there is a tendency in some quarters to regard the employer, particularly in his relation to the local community, as a commanding officer of an army of occupation. His proper rôle is that of a citizen and neighbor--influential and possessed of great power for good and for evil.

This influence and power are due to the fact that under the capitalist system executive control over production is decentralized, and, to a

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When I speak of employer, I refer either to the hierarchy of executives in a corporation or to a proprietor. Of course, in the case of a proprietor the relation to the local community is apt to be more intimate than that of a large corporation, but the resident manager of a large corporation can and often does act as a substitute for the employer-owner.

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