It seems showingcertain emotions isn’t the best thing to do if you lead a multinational corporation. At Toyota Motor Corporation’sgeneral meeting in Toyota City,CEO Akio Toyoda was told by one investor to stop crying when addressing the public and press.
“Mr. Toyoda, you’ve been all over the media this year and you’ve gone teary-eyed on several occasions,” the unidentified investor said. “For a man of your position, this is unacceptable. Please keep your chin up and try not to weep.”
To this, the executive made clear that his most recent crying spell was a result of happiness with the automaker’s upswing in global sales and dealer support, and not due stress or remorse. They were, as Toyoda put it, “tears of joy.”
The grandson of company founder Sakichi Toyoda has been under tremendous pressure as of late. During his short tenure, the company has seen sales slide — and now, bounce back — during the worldwide recession. He has also overseen the recall of millions of vehicles for safety concerns and most recently, has experienced the loss of a dear friend, mentor, and company man, Hiromu Naruse.
“I will try not to go teary-eyed again,” he added.
Regarding the over 10 million vehicles recalled worldwide, Toyoda said:
“I would like to apologize once again for all the worries we have caused our shareholders but we’ve managed to post a profit after a year of losses and I feel like we are finally at the starting line this year.”