Source | www.forbes.com | Kathy Caprino
In my 18 years of corporate life, I experienced a handful of truly amazing managers and leaders. Both young and more seasoned, these men and women – each with their own unique personalities, communication styles and visions – had the ability to bring out the best in me and my work, and in others, and we all wanted to do our best for them.
They had a way of managing that made us feel we were a valuable and integral part of the team. They facilitated the creation of a “safe space” where we were truly excited (and honored) to contribute our best talents and abilities towards important shared outcomes that were clear and meaningful.
Most motivating to me personally was that I understood exactly how my role and initiatives benefited the team and the organization as a whole. I was encouraged to seek out and lead exciting new projects that helped me grow and leveraged the skills and talents I loved to use that came naturally to me – my true strengths. And these leaders didn’t appear to have favorites – they seemed to respect and appreciate everyone alike, and they were universally respected at every level.