Managers & Empowerment

As a manager, especially if find yourself in upper management, you’re going to eventually realize that you’re in a relatively powerful position. You will have access to information that others in your workplace are not allowed to see and you will have the option to make decisions without consulting others for input. For many, this leads to an incredible feeling of empowerment.

Empowerment has both pros and cons and the way you respond to the level of control you have makes a huge difference. Some people use their feelings of empowerment to help others while some use it to build up their own esteem and act as if they have total control. Managers who do the former as opposed to the latter are usually preferred.

There are three main things a manager can and should do with empowerment:

  • Someone who is empowered should use his situation to use and develop his capabilities and the capabilities of those on his team;
  • An empowered person has the ability and knowledge to coach others in order to help them develop their own potential; and
  • The manager should be able to recognize and enable the growth and development of future talent.

Sounds complicated? It’s really not. You’re in a unique position, but you’re there for a reason. Use your skills and knowledge to help others grow instead of holding them back and you’ll be surprised at the dynamic team you end up with!

Thanks again,


Sean McPheat

Managing Director

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