Acknowledge. Encourage. Empower.

Those three words should have a resonating impact on your being, especially if you are tasked with leading. Thus is what I learned yesterday during a session on leading from the heart – for both professional and personal goals. Seldom do we have the opportunity to step back and actually think about what it means to lead. Most of us are rushing from one goal, task, or device to the next aiming to maximize our potential out of every second. I don’t need a news article to know that most of you are bouncing from one “must-do” task to the next because someone is counting on your ability to “handle it”.

My question to you is then – what are you doing to acknowledge the power in others to lead where you can step aside? Are you encouraging those you love or work with to take initiative to lead themselves to your mission’s goals – or personal happiness? Do you empower them to reach the top of their mountain?

Its about them. And its about your heart. Only when you are content with who you are and lead from that place, can you help others get to their place of happiness. But that might be another blog post.

Example time –

In my line of work I am attempting to allow people to lead this new collaborative effort by acknowledging what they bring to the table. I am in hurry to place my stamp on the direction of the collaborative. But I am in a hurry to get goals and missions set up. Yet, I am trying something new – encouraging others, giving them the tools, and speaking from my heart when it comes to their potential and ideas – while not swooping in to be the leader. And it is a fantastic feeling to give to others this way.

Do you have any examples in life that you are trying to empower others? Can you share?!

2 thoughts on “Acknowledge. Encourage. Empower.

  1. Jason says:

    Great thoughts! Stepping aside and empowering others to take the reins is a different level of leadership. One of the best ways that I find to bring out the best in others is to ask open ended questions without telling them the answer. As an example, I had a conversation today with a former direct report who was recanting some challenges she was having with a colleague. Instead of providing direction, I simply asked, “What do you think you should do? How do you think they will react? How do you think you should approach that?” She came up with the solution on her own…and now has ownership in the resolution. As she walked away, I simply smiled with pride at the growth I had just witnessed.

    • nickdicolandrea says:

      Fantastic insight Jason! That is a great example of you really leading on another level. It sounds like not only was your heart happy with the process and results, but your direct report could find her heart in her own path.

      Thanks so much for the comment! And your kind words! Have a great week!


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