Management Tip of the Day: 4 things your employees need from you

Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:12am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

Traditional leaders see the employee-boss relationship as a transaction: money in exchange for labor.

Transformational leaders know and recognize that employees want much more than that. Here are the four things your people need to succeed:

Love. This may sound touchy-feely, but love simply means focused concern that is exclusively for that person's good. Show your employees you care about them and their futures.

Growth. No one wants to be exactly where they are forever. Create a culture that allows your people to grow and expand.

Contribution. To feel fulfilled, employees must know that they are contributing to the whole. Emphasize the ways that their work matters to the organization.

Meaning. We are meaning-seeking creatures. Share a vision that demonstrates that all of your employees are engaged in a larger purpose.

Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Four Things Employees Need from Leaders" by Cleve Stevens.

 
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