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:
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!
Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.