(Inc) — Great workplaces aren’t born from some accidental confluence of motivated workers, bountiful benefits, and dogs in the office. They are created, purposefully, by leaders. Ken Lehman and Yvon Chouinard are two such leaders. Lehman is the co-founder of Winning Workplaces, a nonprofit that every year anoints America’s Top Small Company Workplaces. Previously, Lehman was co-chair of Fel-Pro, a maker of gaskets and sealants in Chicago. Until it was sold in 1998, Fel-Pro was consistently ranked as one of the top 10 companies to work for by Fortune and Working Mother magazines.