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Stop Empowering Your People.

Don’t worry. They want you to stop.

If the word “empower” were to disappear off the face of the Earth, I’m not sure many people would notice.

In fact, many would breathe a sigh of relief.

The word “empower” has a distinctly passive quality to it. As in, if you’re people aren’t getting the results they should, you’re supposed to “empower” them.
But what does that even mean?

At times, it may mean: “Look, you’re not getting the results I need you all to get. So you’re empowered now…………….So start getting those results.”

Instead of empowering your team, coach and develop them.

Yeah, I know, it’s not as sophisticated as “empowerment”, but it does seem to work.

As a leader, you’re responsible for at least two things: results and the betterment of those who work for you.

So coach and develop your people, and then, just maybe, they’ll feel more empowered.

For a fascinating take on why self-criticism can be counterproductive, listen to this podcast from Hidden Brain.