Seven pillars

As a manager today, one must understand the values and the strategic orientation of the company, current developments within the industry and emerging technologies that might change the way of business. Additionally, one portrays the company to the outside world and the personal network through the very own attitude and actions. But what happens on a daily basis? At the core, a manager has to manage, but what does this really mean? Essentially it means that there are people involved who depend on the guidance of their leader.

Essentially it means guiding people toward the successful completion of a common goal while also paying close attention to their needs. We are all familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs through his 1954 book Motivation and Personality. In his work the goal of an individual is to attain the final stage – self transcendence. However, this is much more complicated in a workplace. Firstly, it is no longer about an individual but is about a group of people who work with others groups of people. Secondly, the goal of the group is to maximize productivity / profit in an ethical manner. Thirdly, all the extrinsic and intrinsic needs of each member of the group needs to be fulfilled. Finally, creativity and innovation needs to be fostered while attaining the goal.

To manage successfully, a manager first needs to cultivate a culture of trust within his/her team. After that or in parallel, the seven pillars that form the holistic base of effective leadership need to be tuned for successful management:

  • Clear Goals
  • Continuous Feedback
  • Balanced Challenges
  • Social Interaction
  • Sensation of Improvement
  • Attitude to Risk
  • Sensation of Control