Empowered Teams

empowered teamsLeadership requires multiple talents, namely: the ability to drive a successful business and the charisma to motivate a team of employees. Often the tasks necessary to drive your business to the next level, however, make sense to you because you are the planner, the visionary and the painter of the big picture. Is your staff aware of this vision? Do you they understand how their actions will contribute to everyone’s success? Do you have an empowered team?

If the answer is no, then you may experience push back, apathy or lack of engagement. It is leadership’s responsibility to create positive change, and empowerment is an excellent tool. Empowered teams begin when the leader ensures everyone is committed to the final outcome, and explains the purpose of it. This requires the establishment of a vision that is shared amongst the team. This also means cross-functional cooperations. Essentially, do not allow your staff to work in silos, avoiding collaboration with other departments.

Other important aspects of empowerment include providing your team with a structure through a written plan. Lay out the steps that will be taken so everyone has a guideline from which to work. Accompany this plan with measurable performance goals, which are also shared amongst the team. This allows everyone to be accountable for themselves and for one another.

Of all the details that will help empower your team and engage them in reaching the finish line, you are the catalyst that will make or break those goals. Integrating your staff in the solutions and achievement of your vision is a method of coaching without controlling. No one thrives through micromanagement or from being a cog in a wheel. There is no meaning or purpose in that. But the manager that genuinely cares about his or her colleagues, stands up to the bad actors and create a culture of empowered, cooperative individuals who are proud and passionate about the work they accomplish.

The empowered employee looks like this:

•    In it for the long haul
•    Adopt a personal vision that aligns with the leader’s
•    Willing to accept personal responsibility
•    Share ideas
•    Team player
•    Demonstrate reciprocal loyalty
•    Creative problem solver
•    Learn from mistakes
•    Willing to grow emotional intelligence
•    Desire to make change

Remember, empowering others does not mean that you are no longer in control of the overall project or ultimate goal. With proper empowerment management, everyone uses their own personal strengths and drive, where teams function together and feel secure about the work. Empowering your staff actually provides you with more power, because you are teaching them to understand the goal, feel passionate about it and arrive there along with you.

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