The Organizational Development team is instrumental in creating and maintaining 5 types of culture:

1) Empowerment

2) Communication

3) Training and Development

4) Transparency

5) Synergy

So let’s talk empowerment.  To me, empowerment contradicts pride, the need for power and insecurity.  The more pride, power and insecurity one has or needs the less he or she will be willing to empower others.  Empowerment does not equal control.  The less control a leader needs, the more empowerment he or she will be willing to give.  What’s counterintuitive about empowerment is that the more a leader allows others to make decisions, make mistakes, learn, grow and experience success and failure; everyone enjoys more success, including the leader.   We all know, thanks to Bill Hybels, when the leader gets better everybody wins.


We have found some key principles of leadership that are foundational in the success or failure of a leader. These same principles, ironically enough, will help you build or strengthen a culture of empowerment. To create a culture of empowerment you must:

  • Be willing to accept influence—It’s a simple but powerful concept. You may be right with your thoughts, ideas and opinions, but you are not the only one in the room, right? If it’s your way or the highway, do you really need a team?
  • Give Grace—By showing grace, you are able to celebrate both the wins and losses, successes and failures. Your co-workers and employees know that it’s ok to fail, and failing is even encouraged. Giving grace shows others that it’s okay to be themselves, and therefore promotes empowerment.
  • Think Win/Win—Give and take. It’s the key to successful relationships. Using the concept of win/win means there is compromise on both sides. When both sides experience a win, trust is built, and hope shines through; both of which are critical in any successful organization.

The one thing I’ve learned is that the truth is usually in the middle. True leadership is about serving and inspiring others and as Lao Tzu reminds us, “Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, “We have done this ourselves.”

One thought on “Empowerment

  1. Reblogged this on Trainsparency and commented:
    Empowering employees takes a lot of guts. It means that you trust them. It means letting go of what you perceive to be “power.” In training, empowerment is critical in a new employee’s success.

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