Independence Day in the United States is only a few days away. Happy Independence Day!
Independence is an interesting word. It’s powerful; it’s meaningful; and, like many words, it has several meanings. What words come to mind when you think of independence?
American social reformer and women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony once said, “Independence is happiness.” For me, independence can be empowering.
Empowering my team builds trust as well as confidence and independence while creating a culture of shared responsibility. That means if I lead correctly, I have an empowered organization that produces exceptional results and evolves into a workplace that strong employees want to be part of.
An empowered organization is a productive organization in which decisions are made quickly. It’s an engaged organization resulting in lower employee turnover.
Empowerment is also a fantastic educator because it develops future leaders by your demonstrating your own leadership skills.
Take another step toward independence and empower your team to do more than ever.
To successfully empower others in an organization, here are nine actions you must take:
- create a self-motivating environment
- provide opportunities for growth
- give directions consistently
- provide training and coaching
- fully support what you provide
- relinquish authority when possible
- share information appropriately
- make available necessary resources
- effectively hold people accountable
This July 4th, celebrate independence—for you and for your empowered organization.