They say that children need and even desire leadership more than friendship from their parents. Well, it turns out that employees need, want, and expect the same from their employers. Just the same as in a family, employees want a relationship with their leaders that is honest, dependable, and unselfish. They need to feel valued and confident that their leaders have their backs. In short, what employees expect from their leaders is leadership.
Many workers report walking into their jobs day after day with a feeling of apprehension as leaders focus more on personal agendas than the good of the company and its employees. Leadership at its core is about ensuring employees’ safety and providing an environment and the tools with which they can thrive and be successful. True leadership builds trust, is compassionate, vulnerable, and effective. This is what employees expect from their leaders.
The nature of true leadership is about giving specific direction, providing clear and attainable ways of achieving goals, and empowering employees to do their job well. It encourages self motivation and gives purpose to the work being done. It is trustworthy and does not seek its own glory, but that of the team. It disciplines when necessary but forgives easily. It is accountable to others, does not cut corners, and does not avoid constructive conflict when necessary. It puts its reputation on the line to protect those it leads. This is what employees expect from their leaders.
Consistency is key in leadership, as is authenticity. The greatest leaders give respect as well as command it and earn it. They maximize potential, communicate clearly, and do not take anything or anyone for granted. This is what employees expect from their leaders.
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