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Comments by ROBERT LEBLANC, Chairman of AON France, Chairman of the MEDEF Ethics Committee
Comment by R. Leblanc, Chairman of Aon France, Chairman of the Medef ethics committee, on his book “Liberalism is a humanism”: “In this book, I defend the idea that attention to people is not opposed to economic development and that work in a company can be a source of joy. The company is in any case a place of social life for its employees who find there the opportunity to accomplish themselves and to be proud, by participating in a collective adventure.
I also defend liberalism, I would like people to like it instead of being subjected to it. There are injustices, miseries, distresses in our liberal world. But there is even more violence elsewhere, and poverty has decreased in the world with the liberalization of the economy. The multiplication of decision-making centers favors confrontation, competition stimulates a dynamic allocation of resources and encourages creativity.
Finally, I defend the place of the human being in a world that is increasingly complex, where the virtual is upsetting the real, where landmarks are being disrupted, where technical progress is challenging us. There is an urgent need for love in a world that is becoming sclerotic, where individualism is served by technology.
At the end of the day, what is essential is love; love that makes us move forward, that gives us the strength to overcome difficulties, that gives meaning to our lives. And this is true even in the workplace; a majority of employees need to feel loved by their boss and colleagues in order to be effective at work. “Robert Leblanc, President of Aon France.
Managing is serving: Robert Leblanc advocates, with experience to back it up, the idea that a boss’s mission is to create the conditions so that everyone in the company, whatever their place, feels invested with a responsibility and knows their dignity is recognized. This in no way prevents the requirement of sustainable and therefore profitable development of the company. On the contrary! Success is only sustainable if all stakeholders benefit. And this is possible. Companies and talents need freedom, and therefore trust, to flourish. This implies respect for others and for oneself. Robert Leblanc dares to talk about love! And he defends the place of the human being in an increasingly complex world. This is why he sees liberalism as a way to individual and collective fulfillment, a possibility for all to serve the common good, that is to say a humanism in the true sense of the word.