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A Reminder About Empowerment

By: AMA Staff

Cy Charney, author of AMACOM's The Manager's Tool Kit,  offers this reminder about empowerment. You will get the most out of people if you treat them as partners and give them increasing power as their abilities improve.

More specifically, Charney advises:
  • Accept the fact that you are fallible. Learn from thers, particularly from someone who does the job regularly.
  • Allow people to discover their own ways to achieve goals.
  • Encourage people to take responsibility for their decisions by giving them an opportunity to self-correct and learn from their mistakes.
  • Establish clear boundaries. Be prepared to enlarge these boundaries as confidence and competence grow.
  • Review your management systems regularly t ensure that they support rather than obstruct performance.
  • Train your people continuously. This will increase their skills and confidence.

About the Author(s)

AMA Staff American Management Association is a world leader in professional development, advancing the skills of individuals to drive business success. AMA’s approach to improving performance combines experiential learning—“learning through doing”—with opportunities for ongoing professional growth at every step of one’s career journey. AMA supports the goals of individuals and organizations through a complete range of products and services, including seminars, Webcasts and podcasts, conferences, corporate and government solutions, business books and research.