Business Essentials-Unit 4
Southwest Airlines: How One Airline Positions Itself in a Competitive Market
Southwest Airlines is a different kind of airline. It has positioned itself in this manner from inception in 1971. It has defined both its internal and external customers and is committed to them as a business. More importantly, this company has taken on the concept of keeping its employees happy and it will have good outcomes. This has proven to be true.
One may think when entering their website http://www.southwest.com , sure they are promoting their business. Don't all businesses do this? After having read their website and others about them, I was convinced that they really are different. Almost to the degree that I thought how I, too, would like to be a part of such a team. The enthusiasm of each employee and the recognition this business promotes to them is exemplary.
As Southwest learned from the beginning, empowering the employees to be creative and getting them involved invokes motivation and spirit. By doing business this way it has kept in their business alive and kicking.
Southwest is built on the principle that employees are expected to take on an entrepreneurial role in being proactive owners who are cognizant of corporate values and confident enough with their empowerment to participate in decision-making and continuous improvement (Stanley).
The mission of the Southwest Airlines to its customers simply states, "The mission of Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit". Southwest also has a mission statement directed to its employees. It states, "We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for...