Leadership Means You Have to Trust and Let Go

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As I have discussed before, a leader wears many hats but the hat that maybe most important for a leader to find and wear every day is the hat of empowerment. I think there are few management books or articles that you can pick up today that don’t quickly talk about empowerment but what really is empowerment? My simple view of this broad reaching management term is the trust and belief that you have or develop in your people that allows you to feel comfortable in giving them the authority to make decisions. A business can only be as good as its speed to address its issues and opportunities. Empowerment allows and expects employees to make decisions to deal with the needs of the business on a real time basis versus waiting for the problem to be escalated through a series of reviews in the organization.

Does that giving of the authority to make decisions make you as the reader anxious? I think it probably does if you are a person who thinks only you have the correct answers. Also, if you are the type of person who just does not like mistakes you probably cringe at the thought of empowerment as I described it. However, I contend the organizations with the best performance over the long haul are those where the leader is not afraid that the decisions in the business can and should be made at the level closest to the problem and understand that sometimes those decisions/ actions will not be mistake free, but if you can see those as an investment in ownership, retention, excellence and business speed, I think your business will be head and shoulders above your competition in many ways!

Are people free to say what they think in your company in a constructive format? Well a funny thing happens when you get to this level of openness and empowerment and that is people will tell you what they really think and feel about the processes, the customers, the product performance and the go to market strategies that are engaging them to not only perform but THINK! As I have said before, I don’t believe anything is more important than getting your people to “bring their brain to work and use it!” I will talk further in the next blog about the details surrounding empowerment and accountability as they go hand in hand. I hope you will see that I think it is about ownership not how many rules you d=create that will drive real business success!


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