What Everyone In Your Team Needs…But Will Never Tell You

14 Oct

Research shows that there are three crucial things that a parent must do to build self-esteem in their children:

1. Maintain eye contact during conversation

2. Give appropriate physical contact

3. Spend regular, quality 1-1 time with an emphasis on listening

Together these communicate to a child that he or she is valued.

Feeling valued is a deep human need that people inevitably bring into the workplace. When leaders fail to acknowledge it, levels of engagement and performance suffer.

So how do you demonstrate to your team that you value them?

Everyone is different but most people are motivated by an authentic encounter with an authority figure who gives them focused attention.

How could you do more of this in your relationships – both inside and outside of work?


One Response to “What Everyone In Your Team Needs…But Will Never Tell You”

  1. Jean Gomes November 10, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    The profound nature of relationship that you’re talking about here is how human’s transact value. In the accelerated world of digital communication, we can rapidly lose the fundamental nature of what makes us feel valued and therefore enables us to bring our full value to our work. Leaders and managers who narrow down their relationships to mostly digital transactions can become locked into a dysfunctional way of working that’s hard to break, needing annual restorative off-sites to reconnect to the people who sit feet away from them. As eBay say, ‘keep it human’.

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