I think it is only fair that every person in any given company gets to enjoy the benefits of working for an empowering boss or manager. Unfortunately, there often doesn’t seem like there are enough of them to go around. And when I said working for – I really meant working with, as being a part of their team and answering directly to the boss who says “yes, let’s try it your way.”
Here’s the problem: Empowering employees takes a special skill and temperament. It often involves years of experience managing others and years to gain the wisdom of when to say yes and when to say no. Empowering bosses are as rare as four leaf clovers (and just like four leaf clovers, it takes a special talent to find them!). So the conundrum is that the empowering boss is so rare a commodity that there’s never enough go around.
Here’s a solution: Most companies are now forming teams to tackle specific needs and to address everything from product development to media messaging. I would suggest that you take your empowering bosses and have them sit in on several team meetings and begin to work directly with a cross section of your employees. Spread the love, so to speak. The more people who work for an empowering boss and learn how to construct, analyze, present and manage solutions (which is what managers are supposed to be teaching), the better you are in the long run. And, the added bonus, you begin to develop more empowering managers who will in turn become influencers in your company.
The empowering boss. Rare? Yes. Sharable? Definitely!