In the March 2016 Entrepreneur Magazine, there was a great article about  22 Must-Have Leadership Qualities.  I found the article to be so powerful that I am spending a few minutes each week thinking about how I can improve these leadership skills myself.  Like most things in life, you get what you focus your attention on.  Here is #15 – Empowerment.

“Many of the my leadership philosophies were learned as an athlete. My most successful teams didn’t always have the most talent but did have teammates with the right combination of skills, strengths and a common trust in each other.  To build an “overachieving” team, you need to delegate responsibility and authority.  Giving away responsibilities isn’t always easy. It can actually be harder to do than completing the task yourself, but with the right project selection and support, delegation can pay off in dividends. It is how you truly find people’s capabilities and get the most out of them.”
Shannon Pappas, senior vice president, Beachbody LIVE

If you are like me, you try to do it all. You want to create the strategy as well as implement it and execute it.  While this seems like a great way to accomplish your goals and to maintain a sense of control over your projects, long term this is a losing formula and should be avoided at all costs.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about this recently and have come to the conclusion that in order to accomplish anything of significance in life, you can’t go it alone.  Yes, you can come up with the revolutionary idea or have the passion it takes to launch a new business or project but at some point, every leader reaches a point where they need to make sure they are delegating and empowering those around them to contribute to the mission and help them reach their goals.

The Multiplier Effect

As a leader, when you are trying to do everything yourself, there is a limit to what you can accomplish.  There are only so many hours in the day and you can only get so much accomplished.  In addition to time being a limited resource, a good leader knows their own constraints and limitations and where they need help.  A good leader takes inventory of their own skills and assets and makes the difficult decision to give up control and find someone who is more capable of handling these responsibilities.

When you have a strong team in place to help you achieve your goals, it has a multiplier effect.

Growing Your Team 

Not only does empowering your team to help your company increase their productivity and effectiveness but it also makes each team member stronger and more capable of handling the duties you have assigned to them.  There is a big difference between “owning” a project and simply “doing” a project.  When your team has ownership of a project and knows that the success or failure of a project is in their hands, it helps to make the owners of a project accountable and ensures the success of the project.


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