The Empowerment Key
Here is the key to empowerment from the leader’s perspective: “Does everyone on the team depend on me or do I depend on my team?” It is true that everyone on the team should depend on each other, but empowerment comes from the leader. What the leader believes will dictate the level of empowerment the rest of the team will enjoy. A leader’s job is to cast vision, count and communicate costs, defer to expertise, reasonably resource, and to give and receive consistent feedback. When teams are truly built on the combined efforts of each other, they are much more successful than team’s that are too leader-dependent. Big personalities are fun to rally around for a season but they rarely last.