Quartz: GM’s Current CEO Changed their Dress Code to 2 Words in 2009

When current General Motors CEO Mary Barra was VP of HR in 2009, one of her first decisions was to change the dress code from 12 pages to 2 words…’dress appropriately’.

This article tells that story quite nicely.

During this time of great crisis for GM, when companies look to control movements more tightly, Mary empowered leadership and employees to do the right thing. Removing bureaucracy in something even this small had a significant impact on their culture and helped GM progress nicely and pay their government loans early.

When difficult change and circumstances happen, empower your leaders to stay true to your mission rather than trying to dictate any and all movements. You will like what you see.