"The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what they want done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Theodore Roosevelt 1. Share authority. Let each person be the owner of something meaningful. Having ultimate authority changes the scope and perception of a responsibility that is already part of the job description.
2. Create opportunities for non-managerial people to shine. Invite them to participate in, or even chair, task forces and project teams. The frequently untapped potential of this group is one of your organizations greatest Hidden Assets.
3. Never turn your back on people after giving them authority. Instead, increase communication, feedback and interaction. Make sure they understand the parameters and expectations of that authority. And, help them be successful by providing the resources and support they need.
4. Speak ENERGETICALLY. Add statements like these to your vocabulary:
- "Would you like to take the lead on this one?"
- "How can I best support you?"
- "It's your call." (my favorite)
- "I trust your judgment."
The more you step out of your managerial comfort zone and empower others, you will get more accomplished, have more time for strategic projects and have an energized team that makes you look good. How can you lose?