My professional colleague and friend Steve Foran is on a mission to help one billion people become happier. And he’s well on his way! He does this through a variety of avenues, but primarily through his research and teaching on gratitude and the habits of gratefulness. Earlier this year, in May, he invited me to articulate once a day for five days, three reasons I was grateful (so a total of fifteen). It was a rewarding exercise, one that forced me to be thoughtful and deliberate. Since gratitude is an essential component of leadership and employee motivation, I asked him if he would be a guest contributor on our blog. He said yes! So in today’s post, Steve talks specifically about two needs you must meet for your employees in order for them to be highly-motivated.
There are two foundational needs that must be met in order that an employee be fully engaged in their work. It is not simply enough that leaders know these needs, but they must actively ensure these basic human needs are fulfilled.
The motivation for people to contribute their best-selves happens when the following two needs are met:
- One feels capable and competent
- One feels socially valued