The Law of Empowerment

The twelfth law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Empowerment:

“Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others”

To lead others well, you have to help them to reach their potential. That means encouraging them, giving them power, and helping them to succeed. Leadership is about making others win.

Only empowered people can reach their potential. When a leader can’t or won’t empower others, he creates barriers within the organization that people cannot overcome. If the barriers remain long enough, then the people give up, or they move to another organization where they can maximize their potential.

Only secure leaders are able to give power to others. Remember that great things can happen when yhou don’t care who gets the credit. But you can take that a step farther. The greatest things happen only when you give others the credit. That’s the Law of Empowerment in action.

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away. If you aspire to be a great leader, you must live by the Law of Empowerment.

Summing-up: The people’s capacity to achieve is determined by their leader’s ability to empower. If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to empower others.

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