When managing other people, it is important to understand that your success depends on their success. The more you empower your employees the more they will thrive. According to an article by Forbes, here are 6 powerful ways to empower your employees:
- Listen Intently. It is it important to not only hear what you want your employees to say. Instead, listen carefully for the truth and then change your behavior in response to that truth to show that you value what your employees have to say.
- Believe in your employees. Exceptional managers get outstanding performance form ordinary people. It is important to not wait for a great team. Instead, create a great team by discovering what each employee does best, bringing them together, and helping them to support and encourage each other. It is vital to believe that these partnerships and collaborations will be successful.
- Forgive mistakes. Teams that are striving for the best are going to make mistakes. Punishing mistakes encourages overly conservative behavior. However, it is important to establish clear differences between acceptable and unacceptable mistakes.
- Praise effort. Effort is far more important than talent. Remember that it is key to focus on effort rather than talent. By praising effort you will encourage people to learn and grow, rather than focusing on the few things that come easy to them.
- Ask powerful questions. One technique is to talk less and observe more. Once you start to understand what is actually happening, express your observations in the form of powerful questions. One example could be: “How could we sell a new product that is ten times cheaper than our competitors?” Be sure to wait as long as necessary for a good answer.
- Earn trust. It is important to show your employees that you will be there in bad times as well as the good times. Companies often abandon their employees during tough times; however, by always supporting your employees you are able to foster remarkable loyalty and tenacity in your employees.