Managers have a key role to play in becoming empowered.
The day to day interference of a boss who believes they know exactly what and how everything should be done is a huge cause of management stress and underperformance.
Most manager frustrations revolve around empowerment. Managers make comments like “We’re not trusted” “We are not allowed to act without instruction, “We have no authority” “We have no input to strategy”
When I ask what they have done to take the power off the boss I get blank looks and one common response.
We’re just managers, its for them to empower us!
I have news for those that believe it is for the Boss to empower them.
No Leader will empower those they do not trust. Power (responsibility) is taken by showing you are worthy.
Empowerment is in your own hands. You have to take it by demonstrating you can be trusted.
Even if the boss wants to empower you they need your help!
7 tips on how you can help YOUR BOSS to empower you.
“As CEO You OWE it to the GOOD to GET RID of the BAD, it’s the only way to Facilitate WINNING”
Others may have expressed it differently, I once heard;
“I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.”
However you want to say it, factual or fluffy, too many companies put up with employees who are cancerous, slowly destroying all the good and ultimately the company.
This is either due to bad leaders not identifying the problem or even worse cowardly weak leaders who are in denial that the problem exists. Either way, by giving you examples of the type and their effect, I want to persuade you to deal with the problem where and when it arises.