Effective empowering of your people


[vimeo id="103730512"] Leaders are often faced with the challenge of helping others to be effective future leaders and teammates. I’ve spent some time thinking about this and wanted to share an idea that I think is the key to cultivating successful growth in others.

That key is to help others to believe in themselves.

The greatest obstacle we face through our life and career is ourselves. We may not realize it at first and often even blame others for things that actually have nothing to do with them. The problem is that we do not believe in our own abilities.

Maybe your boss asked you to do something that is way outside your comfort zone and immediately you begin to come up with reasons why you can’t or won’t do it. It’s outside your job description. It’s not what you were trained to do. It’s impossible to do because of (fill in the blank).

Excuses… everyone has them and everyone else hates them.

At the bottom of all these excuses is the single fact that we lack belief in ourselves and in our ability to do what needs to be done.

As leaders we have to help our teammates believe in themselves and in their ability to do more than they think is possible. We have to motivate people to see beyond the excuses and the ‘apparent’ limitations.

The way effective leaders motivate people is by highlighting their strengths to them. They remind people of their past victories and how their strengths helped them achieve those wins. Leaders will remind them that the doubts that people feel are actually nothing new. In fact, they’re the same doubts they’ve felt every time they tried to do something new; and every time they overcame and achieved something great.

If leaders can remind people of these facts, I believe they can truly motivate people to do even greater things. So help people believe in themselves.

Thanks for checking out my blog today. I trust my thoughts have encouraged you today and helped you become an effective leader in your own life and the lives of the people around you.


How have you helped others believe in themselves? What would you do differently? I’d love to hear from you. So please feel free to respond below. Have a great day!