Think and do…

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

General George Patton

Be careful, if people get used to you telling them what to do then they only learn how to get things 80 – 90% done. If they know that you will just come in and change or redo their work anyway why bother getting it all the way done?

Do you want people that know how to think and do, or just do?

Take off the brakes…

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

Bill Gates

What is empowerment? The technical definition from dictionary.com is below and the word that stands out most to me is “enable.” When you think about the role of leadership it is to enable those whom you serve to perform and achieve their goals and objectives. Those who aren’t enabled haven’t been given the authority or power to make decisions.

Leadership without empowerment is simply a dictatorship. It breeds a culture of complacency and indecision. In today’s world life is moving to fast to have an artificial brake on decision making. Empowerment is the key to removing the brakes on effective leadership…

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