Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly describes how his company’s communication strategy keeps employees smiling
When Gary Kelly took over as CEO of Southwest Airlines in 2004, he had a very clear vision of what he wanted his senior leadership to do: communicate more effectively and work better as a team. To do this, the company had to create an overarching program that would inform all of its communication efforts.
It took more than 30 years for Southwest Airlines to articulate its values to employees, but the company’s mission statement and objectives are now firmly in place. Employees have a good idea of where the company is headed, and how they fit into those goals as individuals.
But how does a Fortune 500 company ensure that every employee—from the corner office to the runway—is living the “Southwest Way” as they call it? At Ragan’s Oct. 11 Communications Roundup leadership summit, Kelly told a room of more than 300 corporate communicators that it starts with caring.