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Five Tactics To Becoming An Empowered Leader

Leadership is not about a position or title. Leadership is not about taking over a team and dictating what needs to be accomplished. Leadership is not about lecturing others to make sure our ideas are selected for a solution. Leadership is not about being the loudest or smartest in the room.

So what is leadership all about?

Leadership is all about becoming empowered and helping others become empowered. It is about creating cultures of empowerment within organizations and teams. When we feel empowered we can lead with confidence and compassion. We can impact our worlds of work in meaningful and purposeful ways.

Here are five tactics to becoming an empowered leader:

1. DEFINE EMPOWERMENT FOR YOU

Sometimes the word “empowerment” is thrown around without a true understanding of what it means. Here is a quick definition of empowerment:

“The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.”

Each of us must feel we have a certain amount of control in our workplaces so that we are able to share our suggestions and make decisions that matter to us. When we lose that freedom or feel that it is being taken away, we often lose interest and become disengaged.

Decide what it would look like for you to feel empowered and in control in your job. That is the first step in becoming an empowered leader.

2. CONTROL WITH ACCOUNTABILITY

With choice comes responsibility. If we want to have control in our leadership, we also must hold ourselves accountable. To become an empowered leader:

  • Follow through on what we say we will do
  • Speak up and own our words with confidence
  • Take on new responsibilities with care and professionalism
  • Be inclusive with team members

3. HELP COLLEAGUES SEE THEIR BEST ROUTE

An empowered leader helps co-workers, teammates and collaborators see their unique value and strengths. They listen to the concerns of their team. They open doors for others to grow and network as well as give people credit for jobs they did well. The goal for an empowered leader is to have everyone around them feel empowered too.

4. PREPARE FOR ROADBLOCKS

Empowered leaders are ready for obstacles that may come across their path by keeping themselves “up to speed” with what is happening and remaining open to different perspectives. They stay armed and ready by:

  • Sharing information freely to everyone involved
  • Offering honest and action-oriented feedback
  • Keeping positive
  • Thinking ahead about possible challenges and what could go wrong

5. PASS IT ON

We can build cultures of empowerment if we have trust and transparency in our workplaces. When we become empowered leaders we are able to form strong collaborations and deeper work relationships that elevate our team’s performance. When we become empowered leaders we see the gifts in others and encourage them to share their unique talents. When we become empowered leaders we are confident in our decisions and respectful of the opinions of others. That is what leadership is about.

How have you become an empowered leader? How has empowerment helped your team or organization grow?

 Let me know if I can help you become an empowered leader?

Five Ways Leaders Shake Off Imposter Syndrome

It’s the worst feeling in the world thinking that we are not really capable or talented or intelligent. Even though we may be successful in our professions and colleagues or clients may be thrilled with our performance, we don’t believe it. Instead of acknowledging our contributions or value, we make excuses for why we reached certain goals or milestones. We are unable to accept our worth and accomplishments.

This is known as imposter syndrome and is not that uncommon. In fact, this week an Oscar winner, Viola Davis shared her deep frustrations in dealing with this very feeling. Here she was attaining the highest recognition of her outstanding acting abilities and she felt a… Continue reading | 4 Comments

Leading Without Comparing

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One of the toughest challenges for leaders is not looking over their shoulders to see what everyone else is doing. There seem to be so many overachievers on our teams and in our work worlds who can respond more quickly or communicate more loudly than we will ever be able to do. It can really grate on our nerves to constantly be worrying that a colleague or co-worker will come up with a better solution for an internal or external customer. But aren’t we all supposed to be in this together? So why does it feel like we are judging our success on how others perform?

Why can’t we lead without comparing? We can if

You Don’t Have A Title? Lead With This

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Many of us spend much of our time working with people who possess high- ranking positional titles. These colleagues may be our bosses, our co-workers or even members of different departments. They seem to have control over how we run our jobs or at least we allow them that power. I see this pushy behavior all the time and hear the frustrations from those leaders who feel beholden to these “positional” leaders.

Just this week I spoke with a young leader who felt she was not being heard or recognized by senior people. Although she was a SME (subject matter expert), she was receiving pushback from higher-ups in a department she was helping. Here… Continue reading | 6 Comments

Five Ways Mentoring Grows Leaders

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I recently shared with one of my daughters a critical realization about my career. I had learned the bulk of my skills and knowledge from a woman I worked for many years ago. She was an extraordinary boss and more importantly, a talented mentor. I had accepted a position that I had a minimal amount of experience. I was confident that I could master the necessary skills I was lacking, but I had no idea how that would happen. Many of you may be thinking that I had “imposter syndrome” but honestly I was a newbie with very little exposure to a field I knew I belonged.

Has this ever happened to you in