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5 Empowering your team

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The word ‘empowerment’ has received a lot of bad press in the business world. To many people, it’s ‘the dreaded E-word!’ This is possibly because ‘empowerment’ has been used so often to appease discontent, and as a means of abdicating responsibility—if managers can get employees to adopt a sense of ownership and power, their own load becomes less onerous!

But if you want to be an effective leader, you need to realise that, in essence, empowerment is a good thing. Research shows that empowered individuals experience improved initiative, energy, and motivation. Their self-confidence is increased, as is the level of tenacity ...

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