Interview with Dr. Richard Shuster from The Daily Helping
What does leadership empowerment mean?
Empowerment is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. Leadership empowerment takes it to the next level because we really need to take initiative to make something better in our personal or professional lives. To become more confident, stronger, and gain more control over our lives, we need to take action by leveraging our unique gifts and talents.
We all need control over our own lives, or to steer the boat of our own life’s direction. However, sometimes something happens and we feel out of control. That’s when we need to locate our unique strengths and figure out how we can use them to take the control back.
Lead from where you are. You don’t need a title or a crown – you can lead from any position.
“The only thing we need to do, if we want to lead, is take action, take responsibility, and make a difference.” –Terri Klass
As long as we do our best and try to add value, we are leading, and through that we will keep growing.
What happens when there’s conflict, and people don’t feel empowered?
The most important part of dealing with conflict is listening. If you keep an open mind and an open heart, you can really hear how another person is feeling and understand their perspective. Often, at the heart of conflict is a difference in perspective. If we talk about our different perspectives and come to a mutual understanding of how they’re different, we can figure out ways to blend those perspectives together.