Jason over at Innovation Zen has a great post up titled, The Process of Empowerment. Empowerment is, perhaps, the most important tool a manager has in building strong and successful people and teams. From the post:
[empowerment is] the process that provides greater autonomy to employees through the sharing of relevant information in the provision of control over factors affecting job performance.â€
Effectively empowering employees results in instilling a fire-in-the-belly drive and motivational energy that can ignite people to achieve far beyond what they are capable of without it. Again, from the post:
. . . when they have been legitimately empowered, it is more likely that their efforts will pay off in both personal satisfaction and the kind of results that the organization values.”
Knowing how to empower people is a tool that should be in every manager’s quiver.
Worth checking out.