BUS621 Discussion 2 7

Share an example of a leader you feel empowers others. What are some traits that stand out in terms of leadership and empowerment? Be sure to include how they empower and what others could learn from their example. A leader I feel empowers others was the last facility chief I had in the Air Force. The last facility I was in was a remote short tour, a tour where you are separated from your family for a year. In that environment, it's really easy for people to not really care. After all, we were only there for a year, so it's not like the facility was really ours or that we really had to care. My facility chief disagreed with that sentiment, and wanted to fix as much as he could while he was there. He got everyone in the facility on board with a combination of enforcing discipline (revoking extra privileges we had all "elected" to give ourselves), promising rewards, and appealing to our professionalism and pride in our career field. It worked, and he gave everyone in the facility a certain number of tasks to do with a deadline to get them done by. When it came to how we got them done, he told us to use our best judgment and let him know if we needed help or for him to throw his rank around a bit. By first getting us on board with the idea and then allowing us to complete the tasks under our own power, he helped us all grow as professionals. The main traits that stood out were integrity, trust, charisma, and dedication. He didn't have to put in all that effort, but he did anyway because it was the right thing to do. He earned our trust as a leader and trusted us to complete our tasks in return. Trusting your subordinates and letting them spread their own wings is key to employee empowerment (Krow, 2017). He had the charisma to get us all on board with his plan. Lastly, he was the hardest working person in the facility. More than once, he was there when I arrived to open in the morning and was still there when I left a closing shift. He never asked us to do anything he wasn't willing to do himself. Do you feel that you have to be in a leadership role to lead? Absolutely not. Any time there's more than one person working on something, there's an opportunity to lead. It doesn't necessarily have to have a title or increased responsibility to go with it, but even just making sure that everyone is doing well mentally can be very helpful to the team overall. It can be hard to find the right balance. We've all worked with someone that came off as annoying because they were trying to act like your boss when they weren't. The important thing, in my experience, is to be sincere and supportive. Sam References Krow, E. (2017, June 14). The key to employee-empowering leadership . Forbes.
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