Empowered people are more fulfilled at work and get better results. What could be more important to a leader?
It’s a tall order. People come in all shapes and sizes personality-wise, and can have very different motivations. A team or leader who scores high on the 'Empowering individuals' dimension understands different personality types and can empathise and work with them. Some of this is a natural intuition, but much can be learned – from reading, completing personality tests and taking leadership training courses.
This aspect of leadership requires a high degree of emotional intelligence:
- With a keen awareness of their own strengths and shortcomings the emotioanally intelligent leader learns to manage their own emotions and keep their resilience and confidence high whatever is thrown at them.
- Emotionally intelligent leaders also understand the different motivators that work for different people. (see "Happiness at work" for a summary)
- They can support, appreciate and coach their people so that confidence is maintained even when the going gets tough. The empowerment this creates is the heart of a can-do culture.