European Leadership posted a description of what good leaders do. “Good leaders make people feel that they are at the heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens, people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”
Unfortunately, I have met many employees who do not feel important to the organization. There are too many leaders who lead top down. I see the lack of passion in their eyes and the search for opportunities to make a difference at their work. I suggest that they ask the different questions and keep making proposals for new ideas they have. Be very transparent in your communication with your leader. Ask for clarification, such as, “What do we want as an outcome, what are we doing to get there, is it working, and what is another plan to get there?
When employees are not respected for their ideas, sometimes it’s time to move on to other opportunities.