“A company’s job isn’t to empower people; it’s to remind people that they walk in the door with power and to create the conditions for them to exercise it.”
– Patty McCord, Former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix
This is the essence of Servant Leadership: to bring people's gifts and potential to life.
What would be different if you were to see the individuals on your team as already powerful and get them to see it for themselves?
What would it look like for you to create the conditions for them to exercise their power?
When you're able to do this you've become a True Servant Leader, your people will thank you because you will fundamentally change how they see themselves and their ability to do great work.
Psychologists, Edward L. Deci and Richard Ryan, have spent years researching self-motivation, where it comes from, and...
Imagine. I’m your manager, and I walk over to you carrying a pen and tell you to take it. You grab it, but I won’t let go.
I look back at you, frustrated, asking, “what is wrong with you?” “Why can’t I get you to take my pen?”
How’s that going to work out for me and you?
Empowerment means delegating power to others. It's interesting to think that people need permission to take ownership.
Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and author Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, tells us that people already have power and to not take it away.
“A company’s job isn’t to empower people,” she says. “It’s to remind people that they walk in the...