Great business leaders aren’t people who take all the power, but those who give power to others. Today’s guest post offers three tips on how to empower those around you.
This isn’t our first piece on techniques for employee empowerment, but the suggestions in Mark’s piece make sense. They remind us of an old quote:
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. –Bill Gates
But empowering others isn’t an quick process with instant results. Instead, most of us are used to work environments where we are told not only what to do, but also how to do it.
As companies change to adapt to the needs of the modern marketplace, employee-employer relations are also changing. Workers have to be decisive and self-motivated. Employers need to recognize that one of the most attractive elements of their company is individual opportunity. When candidates believe they will get to chart their own course, they are more likely to want to work for your firm.
So no matter where you are in your organization—or even if you are in a job search—empowerment makes a difference. If you want more more productivity, more creativity, and more enthusiasm from your team, take a look at Mark S. Brown’s post below and his three tips on empowerment.
A strong leader empowers their people. An empowered team will always out perform a team that is led by intimidation. But empowerment is both an art and a science. It is usually a mixture of intuition and fact that guides us to begin empowering others. It is also a skill that you should never stop developing.
Here are three key reminders on empowerment:
1. Recognize you can’t empower everyone. This is usually a mistake of an inexperienced leader. Many have a desire to become an empowering leader, and immediately want to empower everyone on the team. It does not work. Not everyone is ready, able, or deserving to be empowered.
2. Choose people to empower carefully. If you want to empower someone, their success becomes your success. Invest in people that have the knowledge, skill, and desire to be empowered. If someone only possesses two of these three traits, they will be lacking in their success.
3. Invest your time and energy in their success. This is the most critical step. Many times we empower, but fail to follow through. Consider the first time you empowered your son or daughter to drive the family car. How did you know they were ready? How did you train them? How did you help them and transition them to be a successful driver? I am sure you did not just throw them the keys, say “here you go”, and walk away. When you empower anyone, you must take the time to verify they are ready, prepared, trained, and have a proper transition plan before they are on their own.
The rewards for empowering others can be great. Every empowering relationship should result in a win for both parties. You cannot maximize your leadership without it. As James B Stockdale has said, “Great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”
Mark S. Brown is an executive coach who is passionate about personal development. He works to make a difference in people’s lives by empowering them with skills and knowledge that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Mark has been coached, mentored, and certified by John Maxwell and his team. This coaching certification allows Mark to successfully coach and train individuals, groups, organizations, and companies.