According to John C. Maxwell’s 12th of 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership; The Law of Empowerment, Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others.
I am sure you can all find examples of successful leaders and I am willing to wager that they all empower the people around them. If they are successful leaders they will follow Maxwell’s 7th law, The Law of Respect and his 6th law, The Law of Solid Ground so as a natural consequence they will be comfortable empowering their trusted followers.
I tweeted a quote from Theodore Roosevelt a few days ago:
“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.”
This is a prime example of Maxwell’s 12th law in action.
Maxwell states that there are three main reasons why leaders fail to empower others:
- Desire for Job Security – The number one enemy of empowerment is the fear of losing what we have. Weak leaders worry that if they help subordinates, they themselves will become dispensable. Rather they should realize that if the teams they lead always seem to succeed, people will figure out that they are leading them well.
- Resistance to Change – Most people don’t like change. As a leader, you must train yourself to embrace change, to desire it, to make a way for it. Effective leaders are not only willing to change; they become change agents.
- Lack of Self-Worth – Self-conscious people are rarely good leaders. They focus on themselves, worrying how they look, what others think, whether they are liked. They can’t give power to others because they feel that they have no power themselves. The best leaders have a strong self-worth. They believe in themselves, their mission and their people.
In my experience, the more you empower people around you the stronger your authority to lead.
Do you live by the Law of Empowerment?
This is the 12th article in a series of 21. Previous articles can be found here:
- The Law of the Lid: How effective are you as a leader?
- The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership
- The Law of Process: Leadership is a Journey of Continuous Improvement
- The Law of Navigation: Anyone can Steer the Ship…
- The Law of Addition: Adding Value by Serving Others
- The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership
- The Law of Respect: People Don’t Follow Others by Accident
- The Law of Intuition: Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
- The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are, Is Who You Attract
- The Law of Connection: Leaders that Care Make Connections
- The Law of The Inner Circle: Leaders Cannot Succeed Alone