Authentic Leaderships: It’s NOT About Empowering Ourselves but Empowering Others
Let’s push the power button on our leadership
It’s a two-way street.
We need empowerment to do our jobs as leaders.
Our teams also need empowerment to do theirs.
Where we run into trouble is when organizations have such a tight grip on power. This attitude pervades an organization because of previous mistakes, issues, and failures. Each time those things happened, the senior most leaders made a decision to pull the power back.
It’s a mistake — an understandable one — but still a mistake. It comes from a place where learning isn’t allowed or valued. It says that failure IS final and fatal.
That’s the wrong message to send. It creates that toxic atmosphere that everyone is trying to avoid. That toxicity manifests itself in various ways:
That’s not going to be our teams though. Instead, we focus on ways to bring out the best in people. We are striving to empower our teams and create a culture of empowerment.
It starts with the heart. There has to be trust built into the system. We build that trust when we give away that power and let our teams be responsible.
“I believe in you. I believe in your work, talents, and unique gifts. I believe you have what it takes to make magic. But I am also here if you need me to help remove obstacles.”
We also understand the power of teachable moments and we try to use them as often as possible. I often find myself saying this but a leader is a teacher at its core. What kind of teacher do we want to be?
A harsh teacher that is always disciplining and putting people down?
I think not.
We know that the best teachers are:
🍑 kind in correction
That is how we empower.
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