Since the birth of the corporation, the purpose of the manager was to get people to do things that serve the needs of the organization. As a result, most traditional leadership approaches are built on this foundation. In this outdated model, when organizational needs conflict with the employee’s needs, the organization wins–and employee morale, engagement, and loyalty suffer.
This era of leadership is over. In a knowledge economy, creating a work experience that meets the employee’s needs is no longer a choice. It is a requirement. This calls for a shift from organizational-centered to human-centered leadership.
The Leading Humans curriculum is based upon a model of motivating human needs. Our belief is that successful leaders possess an understanding of these needs and how they are fulfilled through work and life experience. Human-centered leaders know that optimal work performance comes when an employee’s most important needs are met.
The goal of our human needs model is for it to be complex enough to help us understand human motivations while being simple enough to apply to everyday interactions. Our model of needs is derived from a host of research-based frameworks ranging from Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to Carol Ryff’s Well-Being model and the Max-Neef scale.
The Leading Humans Model of Motivating Human Needs
Authenticity: Living and being embraced as a whole, unique person.
Connection: Having quality relationships and intimacy with others.
Freedom: Having and exercising choice in our lives. Influencing our future.
Growth: Making progress towards a better version of ourselves. Moving towards our potential.
Meaning: Knowing our actions matter. Feeling part of something bigger than ourselves.
Safety: Feeling protected from danger or harm. Having a sense of security. Being free from fear.
Health: Maintaining a well-functioning mind and body. Managing our energy and balance.
During our two days together, we will delve into these needs to both experience and understand each and its importance. Through this journey together, we will gain self-awareness of our own needs and discover how to powerfully support the people we lead in finding fulfillment of theirs. When we can successfully accomplish this, we will unlock the potential for remarkable performance.