Employee Engagement Examples from Barack Obama

So much gets said about Barack Obama as the leader of the free world that most people have no idea what he is like as a boss. However, there is one such person that knows exactly what kind of boss Obama is, his former speech writer Jon Faveau.

It turns out, Obama is quite a boss indeed. According to Faveau, the “best boss” he ever had! So what makes Obama such a unique boss?

Willing to Compromise, but He has the Final Word

In an interview Faveau gave MSNBC.com, the President is more than willing to listen to the ideas of all of his staff writers. In fact, it is not uncommon for him to concede a point and permit his writers to generate the phrases they feel best fit the tone and requisites of a speech.

However, according to Faveau, Obama will also take a stance and tell a writer with regard to the edits he makes, “nope, I had it right the first time.”

If there is a lesson to be learned from Faveau’s anecdote, it is that while an employer should listen to the opinions of those he trusts to work for him, there is also a point when an employer has to make an executive decision.

The point though, is that he listens first, then decides.

Patience, Patience, and More…

In the MSNBC.com interview, Faveau said President Obama, “never raised his voice, he never got frustrated, he never yelled at us.” While yelling is never an appropriate response in a workplace, it is not uncommon for employers to lose their patience with an employee and raise his or her voice in frustration or make a chastising comment. But, that is not President Obama’s style.

And the result of his treating his employees with respect? They both respect and appreciate him. While Faveau does not miss the long, sleepless nights working with the President, he does miss the, “creative process.”

Most employees crave about as much as responsibility as you can throw at them as long as they are appreciated and treated with respect.

Speculation would lead one to believe that if President Obama were onboarding an employee, he would tell them in no uncertain terms just how difficult the job would be, but that their opinions would be respected, they would be respected as individuals, and their work would be valued.

Are you ready to kick your employee engagement up a notch? Your peers already are.

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