Empowering Others to be Stronger Through Effective Leadership

Although there are many leadership and management styles, one thing remains the same throughout. Being an effective and efficient leader requires many personal traits that enable the supervising person to encourage growth on behalf of each employee.

Tips That Encourage Strength in Others

good leadership pushes successUnderstanding human nature is essential. If one believes that people typically dislike work and will avoid it when possible, there is little potential for growth. If the leader believes that nature desires physical and mental efforts, there is a dedicated desire for change and improvement. High expectations of people result in positive change.

High expectations of each employee bring great results. Those who show their subordinates that each will be successful achieve higher outcomes than those who show little expectation and do not challenge others with rewarding tasks.

Treating workers with reward instead of punishment enables responsibilities to be taken without a lot of risk of failure. Paying more attention to successes versus failures allows employees to take the initiative to go the extra step. It builds self-confidence along the way and improves job performance. Discipline breeds fear to take on additional responsibilities.

Encouraging cooperation amongst staff members creates cohesiveness instead of competition. When staff works together, everyone is in a win-win situation. Each one succeeds and no one fails. People feel stronger when working together instead of against one another.

Helping others only when asked gives them the power to grow on their own. They begin to accept responsibility and gain confidence in knowing that they are wise and able to make decisions independently. Giving control of situations to others assists in minimizing dependence on approval for action. Always critiquing their job performance makes them appear to be less knowledgeable and inadequate.

Creating “success” experiences makes others feel stronger. Designing situations where others can feel responsible and can take credit for the success increases the feeling of strength as a person and in the position held. This works well with individuals and teams.

Ideas That Encourage the Growth of Others

Realize that leaders also have limitations. Look at the above tips and apply them to the management situation that is being faced. Being empowered and taking the initiative and believing in oneself is a positive step towards growth.

Trusting others with responsibilities makes way for an active and individual change. Being in charge does not lead the way to dominate every project. Delegate and relish in someone else’s creativity, problem-solving skills and success.

Being a successful and effective leader enables others the opportunity to experience success on their own. Creating an environment and opportunities for staff to work on their own and supporting them and their triumphs leads to a great organization and establishes teams of dedicated employees.



Tolerance to a Multiracial Society

America, like many countries, was founded upon pretense. Englishmen who had tired of persecution wanted a place to practice their religious and political beliefs as they saw fit. Since it’s infancy, the people of America have been hypocritical in everything they sought to stand for. Equality for all meant equality for all white men of some social standing.

Kids should be raised on multiracial awarenessMany hundreds of years later, we the children of a severely diminished Native population and so many immigrants are still lacking in being a real melting pot. Perhaps a day will come when diversity is genuinely celebrated, but that day will not come without going back to the root, being critically honest, and then educating ourselves and our children.

We have to rewrite history books now. We have to get beyond the sugar-coated story of how America was born and tell the truth. We must take it upon ourselves to understand our own cultures, to learn about our ancestor’s ways, even if we choose not to practice them. It must be popularly accepted that there are few if any, purely “white” or “black” people in this society.

There are both beautiful and horrifying elements to nearly any culture. We as a society must be brave and honest enough to acknowledge these things. We must find the ability to look beyond the lightness or darkness of one’s skin and realize that rich traditions and histories are lying below the surface that will pass out of existence without the strength and integrity to do some serious investigation.

The “Check One” ethnicity boxes should be done away with on forms. This only encourages people to generalize themselves. Being Siberian, Blackfoot, Creole, and European there is entirely no way I can only put an ‘X’ in a box and be done with it. My children, who are even more diverse than I, have been raised to respect all cultures and never to assume a person’s cultural identity based on the tone of their flesh. I hope that they remember these lessons as well as pass them on. I highly doubt that I will live to see a content multiracial society, but if we do not try, our progeny will never see it either.