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Last week we defined leadership, outlining five core aspects of effective leadership, the first of these being empowerment. So this week we ask “What is empowerment and why is it so critical to effective leadership?”
What is empowerment?
empower: to give someone official authority or freedom to do something
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
In the workplace, empowerment is about giving people the power and authority to think, react, make decisions, initiate and innovate. However, it is not clear cut, there are different levels of empowerment, compounding the confusion over the question ‘what is empowerment?’
Levels of Empowerment
There are four areas in which levels of empowerment can vary. Within each of these four areas, there is a sliding scale that dictates the level of empowerment afforded to the individual/s:
Why is empowerment critical to effective leadership?
The reason it can be difficult to answer the question ‘what is empowerment?’ is that it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. For those wanting to empower their people, you must consider what you feel is right for your people and this will vary from person to person and task to task. You need to convey your trust in their abilities and support them in tackling new challenges, but without throwing them in at the deep end without a life line. Rather than getting hung up on defining an exact level of empowerment, instead ask yourself these 3 questions:
If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, then you can be confident that you are empowering your people. Read the next post in this series: What is Coaching?
Want to empower your people and heighten effectiveness? Find out how to coach your team to success:
or read our blog post Why empowering your people is the key to unlocking their potential