Leaders Empower Employees

May 9, 2016 — Leave a comment

Empowerment refers to power sharing, the delegation of power or authority to subordinates. Leaders provide their followers with an understanding of how their jobs are important to the organization’s mission and performance, thereby giving them a direction within to act freely.

There is a wide range of leadership behaviors that empower or diminish people and their performance.

Examples are:

Empowering
• Shows Approval
• Shows concern and empathy
• Shows interest
• Facilitates learning
• Reinforces
• Respects
• Communicates and listens
• Sees the small and big picture
• Trusts: Tend to see the good as well as the bad
• Smiles
• Is seen as supportive
• Is assertive
• Creates cooperative and independent relationships
• In conflict situations is balanced, sees others’ viewpoints, and sees mutual solutions
• Usually uses an “I win, you win” style

Diminishing
• Resorts to name calling
• Uses put down statements
• Embarrasses people
• Has a sink or swim attitude
• Blames: tends to look for the negative first
• Gossips about shortcomings
• Tells, directs
• Picks on details
• Creates dependent relationships; primarily sees mistakes
• Is noncommittal; frowns
• Is seen as critical
• Is aggressive
• Creates competition and dependency
• Focuses on problems, not solutions
• In conflict looks for “I win, you lose” solutions

Ref: Just Promoted

“You have to enable and empower people to make decisions independent of you. As I’ve learned, each person on a team is an extension of your leadership; if they feel empowered by you they will magnify your power to lead.”
~ Tom Ridge

Leadership Tip from The Leader as a Linking Pin to Management

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