15 Things Employees Want From Their Managers

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There is definitely more that belongs on this list. What would you add?

1.   Consistency / follow established processes 

2.   Integrity

3.   Empathy

4.   Action (not just talk)

5.   Followup

6.  Communication about what affects them / resources where needed / help prioritizing and eliminating busywork /deconflicting areas of confusion

7.   Detail orientation

8.   Technical proficiency 

9.    Reliability

10.   Support, respect, trust 

11.   Hold team members accountable (diplomatically if possible, directly when necessary) - swiftly 

12.   Discuss and evaluate work achievements

13.   Listen and understand history before introducing change (which should be done gingerly)

14.   Maturity / wisdom 

15.   Training / emphasis on continuous development / time to think not just do

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Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, www.AllThingsBrand.com and www.DannielleBlumenthal.com, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.