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Words of Wisdom on Empowerment
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As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to
do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling
with them while they do it.
The critical point in the career of many a leader is the point when he/she
must either learn to empower, or cease to grow in scope and capacity.
An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge,
skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads
to collective organizational success.
I believe a leader's success can be defined as the maximum utilization
of the abilities of those under him/her.
Virtually every company will be going out and empowering their workers
with a certain set of tools, and the big difference in how much value
is received from that will be how much the company steps back and really
thinks through their business processes ... thinking through how their
business can change, how their project management, their customer feedback,
and their planning cycles can be quite different than they ever were before.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished
in the process.
Today many American corporations spend a great deal of money and time
trying to increase the originality of their employees, hoping thereby
to get a competitive edge in the marketplace. But such programs make no
difference unless management also learns to recognize the valuable ideas
among the many novel ones, and then finds ways of implementing them.
In our ever-expanding role as leaders, we should approach our jobs with
a willingness to nurture our employees to maturity in respect to the work
we empower to them.
The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information
about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in the
Empowerment means giving power - not just to DO things but to participate
in major decisions - to be listened to with respect. Empowerment is also
the natural shift of power - to knowledge, away from position. Empowerment
normally means letting others make decisions that you would normally make.
You can also empower leadership in the sense of encouraging employees
to think for themselves and to challenge upwards.
The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the
notes to reach the magic in the players.
If there is any one axiom that I have tried to live up to in trying to
become successful in business, it is the fact that I have tried to surround
myself with associates that know more about business than I do. This policy
has always been very successful and is still working for me.
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