To our readers

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

— Steve Jobs

The late Apple founder lived what he spoke, packing a remarkable amount of invention and entrepreneurship into his 56 years of life.

He clearly loved his job, working for as long as he could, introducing the latest iGadget in his trademark black turtleneck. But working for Jobs was something else entirely. He had a reputation for being mercurial and sometimes rude or dismissive to employees. While Apple now consistently ranks as a great place to work, working directly for Jobs might not have been so great.

Typically, though, leaders set the tone for their organizations, which is why The Baltimore Sun again chose to highlight the leaders who stood out among this year’s Top Workplaces.

We asked the top leaders among the large-, midsize- and small-employer categories a series of questions about their leadership style and how it contributes to making their organizations Top Workplaces.

For the seventh year in a row, The Sun collaborated with Energage, a Philadelphia-based employee research and consulting firm formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics, to conduct the employee surveys amd crunch the data to identify the Baltimore region’s Top Workplaces. Energage, whose mission is to help employers create places where people want to work, has conducted similar surveys for dozens of U.S. newspapers.

Energage scored and ranked the results, dividing employers in the large, midsize and small categories.

We offer thanks to those companies that participated and to the leaders who offered their advice on running Top Workplaces. We hope you like this year’s magazine and, if you love your job, you’ll consider nominating your employer next year.

For those who don’t love their jobs, Jobs had some other advice:

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

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