Empower, Do Not Dictate

Empowering is another one of those business terms that is misused in the business world. In talking with managers, many of them have said to me, “I empowered my people by telling them to do x.”  Often times when a manager tells an employee what to do, the employee is waiting for the how to do it.  Just because you have communicated that people are empowered does not mean you are getting the true benefits of empowerment. My definition of empowerment is laying out the vision and goals of the company and then leaving the "what" to work on and