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Employee Empowerment versus Self Leadership
Tonnis van Dam, Premium Member
How do you see empowerment of staff versus taking leadership as an employee?
In the first approach you give them a chance to grow, but in the latter concept they take responsibility and take a chance to grow.
And what should go first?

Employee Empowerment versus Employee Self-Leadership
Jaap de Jonge, Editor
Thanks Tonnis for bringing these 2 interesting perspectives into the employee empowerment forum. One might start from the view point of the leader (style) and want to motivate/cause employees to take (more) own initiative. Or you can start from the employees, wait until some of them decide to play an active role and initiate their own empowerment, and then support that as a leader or manager.
In my view, the second form is easy for a manager/leader. If you have employees like that, you would be unwise to not let and support them to assume more freedom and autonomy.
The first form is more challenging, especially if there are no employees present that clearly have the capacity to take up a more active and demanding role. It requires a long term vision, active coaching and some endurance of the leader to still aim for employee empowerment in such circumstances.

Employee Empowerment versus Employee Self-Leadership
Tonnis van Dam, Premium Member
@Jaap de Jonge: Indeed, introducing empowerment as a leadership style will have the problems or challenges you mention. You (manager) have to get them (employees) out of their seats.
But expecting self-leadership is also difficult. As a manager you will have to invoke this, unless you have employees who do this by themselves. It is very easy for employees to lay back, complain, do their job and get paid. But taking 100% responsibility for their actions and a positive attitude is also difficult for employees.
In my view self-leadership has all to do with being on time, being trustworthy, do what you say, say what you do, taking 100% responsibility, be and think positive, give compliments, listen with your heart and attention, give/receive feedback (honestly). And most of all have courage to stand up.



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