Some leaders say that Empowerment is passe, cliched.
There is still power behind empowerment.
Review this definition from BusinessDictionary.com and see for yourself.
“A management practice of sharing information, rewards, and power with employees so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve service and performance.
Empowerment is based on the idea that giving employees skills, resources, authority, opportunity, motivation, as well as holding them responsible and accountable for outcomes of their actions, will contribute to their competence and satisfaction.”
Empowerment is a Basic Tenant of Good Leadership.
My question to you, as executive to executive, leader to leader, manager to manager —- do you empower your people?
Before you blithely say, “I certainly do!”. Tell me how you would answer the following 12 questions to see how you fare.
If you still don’t agree about the power of empowerment, please humor me. Spend just a few minutes to answer these same 12 questions and see if you feel differently. You might be missing out on having a more effective, efficient and happier team.
12 Questions To Gauge How Much You Empower Your People
1. If someone on your team makes an appointment with your boss for a 1:1 meeting just between the two of them, how do you feel?
2. When your people make a decision, what is your reaction? Do you consistently overturn their decision or make tweaks?
3. Have you hired anyone who is stronger than you as a leader?
4. Would you let your team handle Severity 1 situations including regular reporting to your boss, your boss’ boss and key clients without your intervention?
5. Have you recommended anyone on your team to be promoted to your level?
6. What is the level of your directs’ budget authority?
A corollary: Do they understand your organization’s financials and actively decide together on how to meet their own organization’s and your overarching organization’s financial goals?
7. Have you asked and allowed your directs to run your organization’s All Hands meeting?
8. Would you feel comfortable if your directs determined your org chart?
9. Do you enforce rules more or values more?
10. Do you share issues with your people or do you protect them from those challenges?
11. If your people were asked to rate you on how you’ve empowered them, what would they say?
12. Do you feel empowered yourself?
Empowerment Needs to be Nurtured and Modeled by YOU.
If you feel some unease as you answer these 12 questions, that’s an indication you need to get started.
Go ahead. Begin. Take a step …
#TakeThisMoment to create an empowerment moment for someone or even for yourself. ~ Jackie Yun
Please share that empowerment moment in the comments. Your momentum will inspire other leaders.
Stuck about how to start? You can begin by sharing these 12 questions with your team as a discussion prompt and for their self-reflection. Ask them to #TakeThisMoment to create an empowerment moment — and then another and another and another.
Finding more questions to ask? Love to hear them. Let’s keep the list growing in the comments.