How to: Empower your team to do their best work

When it comes to business, team and employee empowerment are key. Empowered employees are more productive, have better attendance, and deliver superior customer service. And while it may seem like something that’s easier said than done, there are a few things you can do as a leader to engage your team and empower them to do their best work.

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Set the tone for empowerment by leading the way

One way to do this is by setting an example. As a creative leader, you need to show your team that it’s okay to take risks and experiment. Encourage them to push boundaries and try new things. This will help foster an environment of innovation and creativity.

Another way to lead by example is to be open to new ideas. Let your team know that you value their creativity and input. Encourage them to share their ideas, even if they seem off the wall. You never know where the next great idea will come from.

Lastly, lead by example when it comes to hard work. Show your team that you’re willing to put in the extra effort to make sure the job gets done right. Be a role model for the team and set the standard for excellence. This will inspire them to work harder and be more dedicated to their work.

Setting up the work environment

The environment that you create will determine whether your team members feel supported or not. Here are five key ways to improve the work environment of your team.

1. Communicate the company's goals and objectives

Your team members need to know what the company is trying to achieve and where it is going. This way, they can align their own goals with those of the organization and feel like they are part of something larger. When team members know the company's goals, they are more likely to be motivated to do their best work.

2. Delegate tasks and give authority

Delegating tasks is a way of showing trust in your team members. It shows that you believe in their ability to get the job done. When you delegate, be sure to also give team members the authority to make decisions. This will help them feel empowered to do their best work.

3. Provide resources and support

Your team members need access to the resources they need to do their jobs well. This includes things like information, tools, and training. Additionally, they need to know that you are available to support them when needed. Team members who feel supported are more likely to be more engaged in their work.

4. Encourage feedback and constructive criticism

Feedback is a vital part of helping team members improve their performance. It also shows that you are interested in their development. Encourage team members to give feedback to one another and be open to hearing constructive criticism. This will help create an environment of continuous learning, which is essential for doing great work.

5. Celebrate successes and learn from failures.

It's important to celebrate successes as a team so that everyone knows that their hard work is appreciated. This will help keep morale high and motivate team members to continue doing their best work. Additionally, it's important to learn from failures so that you can avoid making the same mistakes in the future. When you take the time to learn from your mistakes, it shows your team that you're committed to continuous improvement.

Thing to take-away

  • By setting the tone for empowerment and creating a supportive work environment, you can encourage your team to give their best effort. When you do this, you can expect to see improved performance from your team.

About me

Hi, I’m Lilian. I’m currently the head of a design team in a digital agency in Amsterdam and love to write about leadership and share tips based on my experience over the past couple of years.

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