1. They support their employees’ professional development In his 2014 book “The Alliance,” cowritten with Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, Hoffman rethinks the relationship between managers and employees, explaining how employers can attract and retain the best employees through the formation of alliances where everyone wins. Key to this approach is managers recognising that the days of lifetime employment are long over, and that their employees won’t stay with them forever. At LinkedIn, Wadors said, the best managers push their employees to constantly grow and develop with new challenges and learning opportunities.
2. They continually review performance Rather than waiting for the annual review to reveal insights into an employee’s performance, managers constantly keep a dialogue open with their team members. “Reviews should not come with any surprises,” Wadors said. “They should be actually quite boring.”
3. They clearly set expectations The best managers ensure that their employees know what is expected of them, and communicate them through discussions rather than a list of demands.
4. They foster an entrepreneur’s mentality The best LinkedIn managers empower employees, telling them that they should always be thinking of new and better ways of doing things.
5. They encourage measured risk-taking Wadors said that all employees should be able to say, “I have the autonomy to use my own judgment in getting the job done, within a framework. I’m encouraged to take intelligent risks for the better of LinkedIn and learn from my mistakes.” LinkedIn’s culture incorporates the Silicon Valley ethos of not being afraid of failure, in the sense that if an experiment fails, it should be evaluated for lessons that can be immediately acted on, without stopping to mourn the loss.
6. They explain the company’s direction The best LinkedIn managers are transparent, communicating the direction of the company to their team and explaining how they fit into its overall mission.
7. They walk the talk And finally, the best managers exhibit all of the behaviours they demand of their employees. Wadors said that employees have the best possible role model with their CEO Jeff Weiner, who is a strong and supportive presence within LinkedIn.
I was fortunate enough to have started Tai Chi a moving meditation at a very early age. Practising Tai Chi for over 25 years has allowed me to build a solid foundation to support the most important aspect of EQ development, which is attention training.
If you are interested in supporting yourself or helping the teams you manage, the links below can help you learn more about EQ training.
- What is EQ?
- Emotional Intelligence Training Course
- Learn to meditate with the Just6 App
- Meditation and the Science
- 7 reasons that emotional intelligence is quickly becoming one of the top sought job skills
- The secret to a high salary Emotional intelligence
- How to bring mindfulness into your employee wellness program
- Google ’Search Inside Yourself’