The ability to empower others is one of the keys to personal and professional success. You cannot go as far yourself as you can if you empower others and take them with you to a higher place. John Craig said, “No matter how much work you can do, no matter how engaging your personality may be, you will not advance far in business if you cannot work through other people.” When you empower people, you’re not influencing just them; you’re influencing all the people they influence.
FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO EMPOWER PEOPLE:
1. POSITION: You cannot empower people whom you do not lead. You can encourage anyone you meet, but you can only empower people you give you permission to lead them. You must be in a leadership position to empower.
2. RELATIONSHIP: The second requirement for empowering people is to have relationship with them. Thomas Carlyle said, “A great man earns his greatness by the way he treats little men.” Although the people you empower are not little men, they can be made to feel that way if you don’t value your relationship with them. It has been said that relationships are FORGED, NOT FORMED. They require time and common experience, with some bumpy roads along the way.
3. RESPECT: Relationships cause people to want to be around you, but only RESPECT will allow you to empower them. Everyone wants to be and feel important in the relationships they build. RESPECT makes people feel they are needed, but even more that are WANTED.
4. COMMITMENT: The last quality an empowerer needs to have is COMMITMENT. Commitment gives power to your empowerment. There is nothing worse than to want to empower someone and not have the resources to empower them with. This is frustrating to everyone involved. When you believe in people, care about them, and trust them, they know it. And that respect inspires them to want to follow where you lead.
WORK ON BECOMING AN EMPOWERER TO OTHER PEOPLE.