Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Power of Empowerment

This comes by way of the John Maxwell Daily Leadership Promises that are sent to my inbox everyday. I always find them encouraging.

The Power of Empowerment
"All authority has been give to Me in heaven and on earth." Matthew 28:18
The ability to empower others is one of the keys to personal and professional success. John Craig said, "No matter how much work you can do, no matter how engaging your personality may be, you will not advance far in business if you cannot work through others."
When you become an empowerer, you certainly work with and through people, but you also do much more. Simply defined, empowering is giving your influence to others for the purpose of personal and organizational growth. It's seeing others' potential, then sharing yourself-your influence, position, power, and opportunities-with others with the purpose of investing in the lives of others so that they can function at their best.
The act of empowering others changes lives, and one of the greatest things about it is that it's a win-win for you and the people you empower. If you empower others by giving them your authority, it has the same effect as sharing information. You haven't lost anything. You've increased the ability of others without decreasing yourself.
Excerpt from Becoming a Person of Influence by John Maxwell.

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