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Empowering your Team
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
Team building has grown to be a very direct source of success over the past decade, or so. The focus of business leaders has been acquired by the understanding that without a strong team in place, the number of clients the company has becomes almost negligible. In fact, customers have taken a backseat to the roles employees have for a company. Does this mean that your customers are no longer important to you? Of course, not. Instead, this business approach indicates that you have learned the value of having a strong team that has been empowered by their leader.
When you think about the word empowerment, what comes to mind? Does this word indicate a sense of responsibility? Maybe empowerment represents a distinction between roles and positions within your business. No matter the definition given to the word, the result usually falls somewhere in the realm of providing employees with the ability to take initiative, while providing them with the opportunity to improve their service, productivity, and themselves.
When you provide your team with the ability to make their own decisions, you provide yourself with a time-management tool that is difficult to match. By encouraging your team to use the training they have received, and offering them with the opportunity to make their own decisions, you are providing them with the flexibility to implement their own ideas and creativity. In turn, the team members become more productive, while feeling as though they are part of the big picture. Through a combination of flexibility and direction, your team will see a level of growth and success they may have never experienced, which could directly impact the growth and development of your business.
The strength behind empowering your team is showing them that their decisions can be trusted, while stepping in when necessary. By supporting their ideas and decisions, you build their confidence, as well as their critical thinking and decision making skills. In the end, you will be able to more effectively define goals for your team, set workable parameters for your team, and develop skills within your team members that may have otherwise been overlooked.
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