As I continue to read Ken Blanchard’s Leading at a Higher Level, I am forced to share this gem of understanding. Blanchard states that, in order to understand the concept of empowerment in leading people, one needs to learn a new language.
Here is his list of comparisons between hierarchical and empowering language:
|Hierarchical Culture||Empowerment Culture|
|Command-and-control||Partnering for performance|
|Individual responsiveness||Team responsiveness|
|Pyramid structures||Cross-functional structures|
|Participative management||Self-directed teams|
|Do as you are told||Own your job|
I hope that the words in the two lists evoke deep thought about your management style, attitudes and expectations. I invite you to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your thoughts!