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What do your employees want from you?

Trevor Sutton, Reflection, Flowers Gallery

On HBR.org's blog, Dr Cleve Stevens, a leadership consultant to CEOs in the Fortune 500, details four key things employees need from leaders.

Stevens expresses his belief that transformational leaders have the ability to challenge their people to grow professionally, personally, emotionally and intellectually.

Expanding on the role of the transformational leader, Stevens reveals the four "non-negotiable human needs" that must be met in a successful organisation…

1) The need for employees to love and be loved. Stevens insists that the transformational leader "vividly understands that tough-minded caring is essential to leading and developing a powerful, fully expressed workforce".

2) The need to grow. Stevens believes that "by creating a culture that allows our people (and ourselves) to grow, we are expanding our capacities as leaders, as employees, and as human beings".

3) The need to contribute. Stevens says: "To feel fulfilled and empowered, employees must know they are contributing to the whole."

4) The need for meaning. If our lives lack a sense of meaning and we are not engaged in some larger purpose, Stevens maintains that we cannot be completely satisfied, regardless of whatever else we might have.

Four Things Employees Need From Leaders
Cleve Stevens