Do you consider yourself a responsible leader? You could be making a terrible mistake …
Being in charge of a team work is not a simple task, it means that you must ensure that each project is concluded successfully and to do all the activities that take place around it must meet certain quality standards.
It is perhaps because of this that many leaders are tempted to believe that in order to reach a goal, they need to do it all themselves and seek to control every aspect of the process to leave no room for mistake. Fortunately, some of them have learned over time that those who refuse to allow their employees to use their own knowledge and skills to fulfill the tasks assigned to them, not only curbs the development of the project, are also failing miserably as leaders. Offer free to members of a team can be uncomfortable at first and give a feeling of loss of control; However, as said Ed Catmull, Pixar co-founder, under the World Business Forum 2015 :
“The people who are doing the job knows more than I do, so why mess with what will they do?”
Hence, the importance of the leaders of an organization strengthen their recruitment and training, full confidence in the skills of its employees and enable them to perform the job for which they were hired. After all, they are the experts.
The benefits of empowering your employees
Through an article in Business Colective, Kuty Shalev, founder of Clevertech, share with employers their own experience of the process of empowerment of its employees. When my company was still young I suddenly had an epiphany. Not my time would be better spent on attracting customers to make sure my team succeed, rather than micromanage everyone? I made the switch, and after that never looked back. ” The businessman says that to get to this point you need to create a culture of trust in which colleagues feel free to communicate their ideas and concerns and to develop their full potential.
When people feel confident they are also more motivated to succeed and as a result, the leader will have more time to do their work rather than worrying about others. If your words do not convinced, Shalev also shares a list of main benefits of empowering your employees:
Happy employees. Studies have shown that when workers in an organization have autonomy to set their own schedules and make their own decisions, they are more motivated and even working a greater number of hours. They do it because they want to, not because they have to.
Happy leaders. By empowering its employees, leaders should not worry too much for participating in activities in which their work is not strictly required, so have more time to focus on what is truly important.
Customers happy. Of course, leaders are people full capacity, but they can not know everything, so by relying on experts who besides being able to generate efficient and innovative solutions are in constant contact with stakeholders the result can not be another more happy customers.