Melissa Raffoni has a post on the HBR website that all Leaders should read. President of Raffoni CEO Consulting, she works with CEOs of major organisations. In this short but important post, she outlines in clear terms what employees want from their Leadership. None of this should surprise any good Leader; what is surprising is how often we don’t put it into practice.
1. Tell me my role, tell me what to do, and give me the rules. Be clear, be direct and let me get on with my job.
2. Discipline my coworker who is out of line. Fairness and equity for everyone – for good and bad performance.
3. Get me excited. Give me a reason to get engaged in what I do. I don’t do boring!
4. Don’t forget to praise me. When I do something that deserves praise, not 12 months later at a review.
5. Don’t scare me. Tell me what I need to know but don’t dump all of your problems on me.
6. Impress me. Lead by example.
7. Give me some autonomy. Trust me – that’s why you hired me.
8. Set me up to win. Help me to win and you look good too.
All Leaders should print these out and ask themselves every day – am I following these rules? If not, why not?