How To Empower Others To Do Great Things

How To Empower Others To Do Great Things

Last Updated on by Milton Campbell

By creating an atmosphere that encourages employees to take ownership of the company, improving communication skills, and allowing each employee to make decisions based on their own individual strengths, you can learn how to empower others to do great things.

  • Create an atmosphere that encourages employees to take ownership of the company
  • Improve communication skills
  • Allow each employee to make decisions based on their own individual strengths

These are important parts of empowering others. But before I go too far into that, let me first share with you what this article isn’t about. Empowerment is not about being “the boss.” It’s not about giving orders and expecting your team to perform. Empowering people is all about giving them the tools to use their talents in the best way possible so that they can unleash the full value of their abilities.

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What Does It Mean To Empower Others?

So, what does it mean to empower others?

In the business world, this means giving employees the tools and authority they need to do their jobs well. When you empower your employees, you give them more control over their work. They become trusted partners and collaborators instead of merely following orders.

Empowerment is a win-win scenario. When you empower others, you help them achieve more than they would on their own. And when your employees are empowered to do great things, everyone benefits. You get better work from your team, and they feel more satisfied in their jobs.

But how can you empower people without losing control of yourself?

Successfully instill confidence and power in the people who work with and for you by setting goals, leading by example, and effective delegation skills.

Many people are afraid to lead because they’re so focused on themselves. It’s only natural to be worried about looking foolish or acting out of character, but the truth is that leadership is about building a better tomorrow for others. It’s about setting goals and inspiring your team to achieve them by leading by example and it might take some time before you start feeling confident in your role as an effective leader.

Setting Goals

If you want to empower your employees, it’s important that they feel like they have a stake in the outcome. It’s also important that they know what kind of results you are looking for and how they can contribute to that outcome.

Lead By Example

Leading by example is perhaps the most powerful form of leadership. It’s great to have a vision for your company, and it’s important for leaders to provide good examples for their employees.

Delegate Effectively

The concept of delegation is simple: When you put others in charge of certain tasks, they should be empowered to make the most of that responsibility and take ownership of it. This means giving them the authority and resources to do their job.

Create an atmosphere that encourages employees to take ownership of the company

One of the best things you can do to help empower employees is to create an atmosphere that encourages them to take ownership of the company. In other words, make them feel like they are part of it.

One of the most important things a manager can do to empower their employees is to build trust with the people on their team. The more you trust someone, the more responsibility you’ll give them, and the better they’ll perform.

Give employees the latitude to make decisions, and let them know that you trust in their abilities. Show your appreciation when they achieve success or reach a goal. If someone comes up with an idea for how business could be done better, don’t just swat it away without consideration. If a person makes a mistake, have him or her learn from it instead of making him or her look bad in front of everyone else.

Another way to empower those around you is to ask for their input. Most people want to be involved in decisions that impact them. Encourage your team members to contribute their thoughts on new projects or strategic initiatives. This will make them feel more ownership over the outcome.

What’s more, people are more willing to take on a task when they’ve had a hand in creating the plan for tackling it!

Remember: Empowering others is not about letting go of control; it’s about sharing control and letting others grow!

Improve communication skills

Effective communication is a key element of successful business operations. Without communication, businesses cannot function. However, with effective communication, businesses can thrive.

Communication allows businesses to build strong working relationships, which can boost employee satisfaction and create a more positive work environment for employees. Proper communication also can be used to effectively resolve problems and conflicts that may arise in the workplace. Effective communication also promotes an efficient work environment because it reduces time spent trying to figure out what other people mean when they communicate with you.

Effective communication is vital for empowering others in the workplace. Below are some tips for better communication:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely. When you’re communicating with a group of people, use simple language and speak slowly so that no one feels confused or left out.
  • Be open to feedback and criticism. In the same vein as above, we must be willing to provide constructive feedback in order for others to grow from it. Instead of being stubborn, respond positively when someone points out an issue you have; it is much better than having them resent you for not changing your ways!
  • Use technology as a tool for communication. There are many tools available online that can be used in order to communicate better with others such as Google Hangouts or Skype for Business meetings, which allows participants from all over the world to participate all at once without having to travel long distances just because they want their voices heard during meetings!
  • Listen carefully when someone says something interesting. We should listen carefully whenever we hear something interesting because listening attentively will help us understand what others are trying to tell us even better than if they were just speaking directly into our ears; so make sure that before you say anything yourself – take some time firstly – listen carefully then respond back in kind (and please keep any snide remarks at bay too!)
  • Share information with your team members frequently. Don’t wait until they need it or ask for it. They’ll appreciate being in the know and will feel more confident in their decisions when they have all the information they need right away.

See Related: Master Communication Skills with These 15 Powerful Tips

Allow each employee to make decisions based on their own individual strengths

Empowerment is not a one size fits all approach. Each person will be empowered in different ways and to different degrees. What you allow one employee to do, may not be what you allow another to do. It depends on the individual and their strengths.

An important step in empowering others is recognizing their limitations. If you have a team of people, you must know each individual member’s strengths and weaknesses. Without this information, it’s impossible to delegate tasks efficiently and effectively. As a manager, your responsibility is to create a plan that allows you to use each person’s strengths in the most efficient manner possible.

As a leader, it is your job to trust the people you have hired; but this doesn’t mean abandoning them or leaving them at the side of the road without any resources. You need to ensure that they are accountable for what they do (just as you are accountable for what you do), give them resources so that they can succeed, set realistic expectations of them and be ready to step in if necessary when things don’t go according to plan.

As a leader, while you are trusting your employees with certain tasks or responsibilities, it is important that they know that you are there for them and available should they need help. If an employee is successful in their assigned task or responsibility, make sure that they receive credit. Celebrate their success with them! Don’t just tell your employees how important empowerment is; show it by being a role model!

See Related: Brian Tracy Leadership Questionnaire

Empowering others requires time and patience, but it will have a significant impact on your team’s success.

As a leader, you need to empower others. It’s that simple. Empowering employees requires a lot of time, patience, and understanding but is worth every minute of your time. The benefits for both the organization and you as a leader are significant:

  • Employees feel more engaged, are more creative, and produce better quality work.
  • Employees become more independent thinkers and problem solvers.
  • You gain more time to focus on the most important tasks because your team can handle routine tasks without your assistance or input.
  • Your team becomes stronger and more collaborative.

Final Thoughts on How to Empower Others

While empowering others seems like something that would be easy to do, it’s not always easy to implement but if done correctly it can pay dividends for years to come.

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Milton Campbell

I'm passionate about personal and professional development. I started Growth Tactics to not only share the knowledge I've gained as a manager and leader but also improve my skills. My vision is to help people be the best versions of themselves. Let's grow together.