Shareholder Rights: Qualitative vs. Quantitative

Here is the thing about leadership. $7.50 vs. $2,500.00 per 1 share.

Everything is drilled down to data. We have more AND easier access to information than ever before in history.

Leadership is chosen and put into place with the directive of “a goal” to achieve on behalf of people.

I will use a hypothetical village corporation as an example. As an original shareholder, I know these bits of information:

There were 2054 original shareholders, Every original shareholder was allocated 100 shares.

Our corporate leaders recently paid ONE (1) shareholder over $25,000. I will make an assumption that she had a full 100 shares.

It would cost our corporation $51,350,000 to pay 2054 original shareholders $25,000.

2054 original shareholders x 100 shares equals 205,400 total shares in the corporation.

$25,000.00 / 100 shares = $2,500 valuation for ONE (1) share.

$2500.00 per share X 205,400 shares also equals $51,350,000.00.

All the shareholders received a $750 dividend total for their 100 shares .

That means every other shareholder’s stock value is:

$7.50 for ONE (1) share vs. ONE (1) Shareholder’s stock $2,500.00 per ONE (1) share.

Elders don’t have $2,500.00 value for ONE (1) share of their stock.

Their stock is also $7.50 for ONE (1) share.

UNTIL…it is election time. THEN Elders are TREATED like their stock is worth $2,500.00 for ONE (1) share. This is why:

Sometimes elders have more than 100 shares through inheritance over the years of their lives.

Leaders in my story then accomplish even more things on their own agenda:

*They spend less time with the whole of the shareholders, by focusing on the elders with more shares for their votes and influence.

But the elder’s are not worthy of a $2,500 per share distribution like was paid to their friend and niece.

Do you think these leaders went to the Elder’s for counsel, wisdom, and guidance when they made their friends stock value skyrocket up to $2,500.00 for ONE (1) share.

Did these folks tell the Elder’s they should just be happy with their $7.50 for ONE (1) share? Because its about the land and culture, and Elder Calendar?

$2,500.00 for one person vs. $7.50 for EVERYONE ELSE.

2053 original shareholders vs. 1 shareholder.

Backed by leadership.

Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. On purpose, my writing is stylized and outside conformity of proper grammar. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board and subsequent leadership roles.

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