Success is something that every business owner and CEO wants to achieve. It’s one of the reasons you started your business, right? Although success is a common end goal, it doesn’t look the same for everyone. For some, it may be growth and profitability. For others, it could be customer satisfaction or even reducing your business’ carbon footprint. No matter what success means to you, it’s your job as a leader to get your company to that end goal.
3 Ways to Build an Empowered Team Culture
The journey looks like a staircase with four major steps – Leadership, Empowered Team Culture, Strategy and Success. In order to get to the top, you need to successfully master each step before you move forward.
If you are a leader, you know that culture and leadership go hand in hand but, having a top-notch team and an empowered culture are two different things. It doesn’t matter how skilled or knowledgeable your team is. A positive culture can take your business all the way to the top, while a negative culture can be detrimental to your strategy.
If you care about the success of your business, you need to care about the culture. To help you apply this to your business, I’m sharing the three ways to build an empowered culture.
TEAM MEMBERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEIR WORK MATTERS
When your company’s mission, vision, values and goals are clearly communicated and all team members share a collective mindset, everyone will be able to understand the role they play in your organization and why their work is important.
If your team members know that their job and the work that they do is of value, they are able to unleash their creativity, feel more motivated and gain focus.
ALIGN VALUES AND FOSTER YOUR TEAM’S PASSION
No one likes to do things that they aren’t passionate about. So why not match members of your team with a role that speaks to their passion or skill set? As a leader, you may notice your employee’s interests or strengths on your own and other times, they may vocalize it themselves. Use their skills as an opportunity to make your team stronger and improve productivity.
When you establish business values, it holds you and your team members accountable, and creates a culture of trust. It also helps you get to your end goal faster because your team is engaged and working towards common goals.
GIVE AUTONOMY, GET RESULTS, SEE THEM FLOURISH
Do not confuse empowerment with delegation. When you delegate a task, you are telling someone what to do and how to think. The explanation of why the task is important is left out and employees will proceed to do the job just because someone told them to. When you encourage autonomy, team members can think creatively and achieve goals that allow you to stop micromanaging and provide them with empowerment.
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