For Leaders: The Promise Your Employees Expect from You

The GoBros and me (I’m the one in the delicious tank top), Park City, Utah, circa late 1980’s


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My very first job was working for free with my cousins, Spencer and Nate Goates, for their summer lawn business, GoBros.  My Dad told them to teach me how to work.  And boy did we work!  They would pick me up early on Saturdays and zip around on their scooter as I hung on backwards pulling a lawnmower laughing my head off.  It was one of the great summers and experiences of my life.

I expected nothing in return for my free service, except the opportunity to be with my favorite people and heroes, and the possibility of raiding their Dad’s candy truck at the end of the day.

One day they presented me with the first paycheck I’d ever received – a crisp $50 bill.  I was stunned and so grateful, and equally hoped I could still raid the candy truck.

This payment wasn’t expected but it was a testament to their gratitude having me work with them, whether I was helpful or not.  What amazing leaders and teachers – my first employers!

The other day I posed the question on LinkedIn:

What would you say are the assumed promises (perhaps unspoken) an employee expects out of their employer, or leaders? 

The answers were so telling and rang true.

We have all been employed by someone, whether you’re a business owner now or not, at some point we all had an employer and we expected certain things out of them!

Often, the unspoken promise that is expected and assumed we as leaders will keep for our employees, or those we manage, is what is written here.  This is helpful to see it from the employee’s perspective, and I’ve taken screenshots of the answers.

Food for Thought: How are you doing as a Leader in keeping these promises you may not have realized are expected of you? 


One More Time: How are you doing as a Leader in keeping these promises you may not have realized are expected of you?


~ jason

Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration.  Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys.  He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite.

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