How to empower your team and get results without taking over

Sometimes, leaders can be tempted to step in and move things forward if things aren’t moving fast enough, and then simply inform their team after they’ve taken action. This can be problematic, because it disempowers the team instead of holding them accountable.

Instead, it may be better to come in and say “We’re not moving fast enough – what are we going to do about that?”. This will empower the team to be creative and come up with their own solutions to overcome barriers.

Equally, when things go wrong, it’s important for leaders to encourage team members to use it as a learning opportunity. One of the most powerful ways to hold your team accountable is to, rather than coming down on them hard when they make a mistake, give them the opportunity to say “I could have done this better”.

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