The Pillars represent the cornerstones of intrinsic motivation.

As a manager today, one must understand the values and the strategic orientation of the company, current developments within the industry and emerging technologies that might change the way of business. Additionally, one portrays the company to the outside world and the personal network through the very own attitude and actions. But what happens on a daily basis? At the core, a manager has to manage, but what does this really mean?

Essentially it means guiding people toward the successful completion of a common goal while also paying close attention to their needs. We are all familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs through his 1954 book Motivation and Personality. In his work, the goal of an individual is to attain the final stage – self-transcendence. However, this is much more complicated in the workplace.

Firstly, it is no longer about an individual but is about a group of people who work with other groups of people.

Secondly, the goal of the group is to maximize productivity/profit in an ethical manner.

Thirdly, all the extrinsic and intrinsic needs of each member of the group needs to be fulfilled.

Finally, creativity and innovation need to be fostered while attaining the goal.

To manage successfully, a manager first needs to cultivate a culture of trust within his/her team. After that or in parallel, the seven pillars that form the holistic base of effective leadership need to be turned to for successful management.