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Become a better leader by empowering your employees

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 17-LB-545 Blog photohimself, “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.

Paradoxically, many leaders never really realize their full potential until they learn to empower their staff members. Here’s what you can learn from these leaders.           

  1. Encourage “comfort zone” departures. Give your employees big opportunities and challenges that can empower them. Doing so can help them reach their full potential.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?


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