“I will listen to you. Your experience at work, in previous jobs, at home, and in the community are valid. You know things that I don’t know. Your perspective on our work together is invaluable and can only enrich our product. I want to learn from you.”
If you’re a manager, this is worth reading and sharing with your employees. If you’re not a manager, you’re going to wish your manager read this and shared it with you.
Thea Joselow has written a simple Manager’s Pledge, a 10-item list of promises managers should make to their employees including to help them play to their strengths, encourage their growth, inform them, and more.