A. A definition of Empowerment
Empowerment is to give the power to an employee so that he can execute his work using is full power. You empower your employees when they are allowed to take decisions on the way they perform their job. You empower them by trusting their capabilities to be independent.
One important thing is also to recognize that each individual has a different definition of empowerment. I may define empowerment as letting me do what ever I want as long as you get the end result. This would be my definition of empowerment. Someone else may feel powerless if you told them to achieve their weekly goals without giving them advice on how to get there. This is the tricky part. As a leader you have to find out how to empower each employee while making them feel all valued.
Your challenge is not to empower the mass but to empower individuals. You need to adapt your actions based on the person in front of you. This is where Emotional Intelligence is a key. You need some empathy to feel what the other person needs and ask questions to make sure that you are on the right track. “Do you prefer a monthly or weekly meeting to discuss the evolution toward your goals?”
“Are you willing to work more independently?” “How do you feel about deciding how to do your job and share your insights with me in order to find the best strategy?”
Empowering someone is helping him to find his voice. It is allowing employees to express their needs and desires while making sure it helps the business move forward. What will create a win-win result? What can you give employees so that they thrive?
B. How to empower my employees?
- gives them goals & expectation
- Encourages them
- Allows autonomous work
- is friendly
- is positive
- recognizes individuals work
- gives regular Feedback & Feed-forwards