To empower someone is to literally to give them the power. An empowering leader gives up control to allow someone else to step into the driver’s seat.
The greatest difficulty for entrepreneurs in a growing company is to give up control. They often occupy positions that they should have hired someone else to fill. Their reasoning for holding on to their roles is simple – they know best how to get things done. And when they are in control, it gives them a sense of security.
In reality, this kind of attitude drives a wedge between management and the team. As a result, trust is affected and people start expressing their frustrations with the system.
As a leader, it is your responsibility to empower and increase the scope of your team. Here are some ideas on how to be more empowering:
Empowering Leaders Are Passionate
A leader who is passionate about work and life inspires others to raise their standards.
Are your teams proactive? If they are not, perhaps you are not inspiring a proactive culture in your organization.
A passionate leader inspires other people to be proactive because passion is contagious. It spreads like a ripple effect and ends up stimulating those around you.
On the contrary, a leader who is not passionate about succeeding is unlikely to inspire those around him or her. As a result, the team around this leader is less likely to look for creative opportunities to improve their job.
Are you fully engaged in your work and enjoying what you do? Remember, your passion rubs off on those around you.
Give People Permission
Great leaders give their people permission to innovate. They encourage their teams to find new creative solutions to old problems. This encouragement breeds a culture of innovation within the teams.
What does it mean to grant permission?
Allow your teams to experiment and try out new methods of solving problems. Give them space to express their ideas and allow them to implement their ideas even if you disagree with them.
Empowering Leaders Offer Protection
In the event of failure, a leader also needs to protect the team from blame. A smart leader acknowledges that innovation requires risk and risk involves failure.
The person pushing innovation on your team is taking a personal risk to his or her career. Give them the buffer they need to make mistakes and protect them from the reactions in the organization in case of failure.
Create an Empowering Process
Without a process, your teams will follow your example of empowering others until they encounter limiting obstacles. Make empowerment a part of your organizational process. Train your teams to encourage a mindset of empowerment and watch the trickle-down effect it has on the performance of your people.
The results of such a process should be powerful performance by your empowered people.
This simple four step formula is a recipe that encourages innovation and creates a growth environment within organizations.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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