“Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John Maxwell
Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of working for a “leader” that isn’t really a leader at all. Call them tyrants, micromanagers, control freaks, insert your own description here….
These people are difficult to work for. You would think that the usually noticeable “revolving-door” of outstanding employees surrounding these “leaders” would catch the attention of higher-level executives. You might hope that the organization’s executives would address it. But alas, this is not always the case. So the terrible “leaders” are allowed to stay where they are to continue their harmful actions. Enough about terrible leaders.
Now, let’s talk about what GREAT leaders do and how they distinguish themselves from the not so great.
GREAT leaders empower others. They provide their team members with opportunities to positively affect the team and the organization as a whole. Great leaders allow for mistakes to be made and quickly address these while at the same time positioning them as learning opportunities. Great leaders build up. Great leaders don’t crave or need control of every little thing.
GREAT leaders root for their teams and celebrate successes. They understand that outstanding performance and results are direct reflections of how they lead. A great leader motivates and encourages. A great leader is a coach and a cheerleader. A great leader accentuates the positives before discussing shortcomings.
Here are a few questions to ask yourselves to help determine whether or not you are an empowering leader:
Do you understand the importance of coaching and vigilant (not oppressive) guidance? Do you make the time to teach?
Have you created a collaborative atmosphere?
Do you understand that while empowering others to make decisions is beneficial, the ultimate responsibility for your team’s success or failure lies with you?
Ponder these questions. Share your feedback in the comments section. Start a dialogue.
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