The leader of a global organization recognized he needed to give more responsibility and authority to his people. For a year, when tempted to be authoritative, he paused and asked himself, “Is it worth it?” The lesson taught him half his pronouncements weren’t “worth it.” He improved as a leader by giving employees more control, and exerting less control himself.
- Encourage “comfort zone” departures. Give your employees big opportunities and challenges that can empower them. Doing so can help them reach their full potential.
- Avoid second guessing your employees’ decisions. Instead, give them the confidence that comes with backing their decision-making. It will give you more time to focus on the overall company vision.
- Reward positive performance. Reinforce your employees’ emerging ability to lead by recognizing their efforts and rewarding empowered decisions. It’s a sure way to help them build on successes.
It may be hard to relinquish control to others. But by so doing, you’ll spur greatness in your staff and build employee-employer trust. In short, it’s “worth it.”
How do you empower employees?