Leading an Empowered Creative Organization
Great Managers Empower Their Organizations to Innovate
As the leader of your organization, how much do you really know about each of your employees? Ask yourself how creative and innovative your employees are outside of the workplace. Then ask them. The reason to find this out is because you want your employees to solve more problems, challenges and difficulties.
In order to empower your employees to use creative approaches moves your organization into thrive mode. You don’t have to necessarily be a creative and/or innovative workplace. These … will put your leadership into a position of allowing your employees to generate greater ideas to work more effectively in accomplishing their common goals.
“It’s not the tools you have faith in – tools are just tools – they work or they don’t work. It’s the people you have faith in or not.” -Steve Jobs, Apple
Staying Ahead in Business
“The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead.”
Productive change depends on employees who are work creatively to develop new ideas. Leaders need to learn from a number of things that go wrong when you attempt to boost creativity the wrong way. First, just coming up with a laundry list of ideas won’t solve the real problems facing an organization. That’s not how innovation works. The Idea Project was the easy part. Following through toward a successful conclusion? Not so much.
By embracing uncertainty and finding creative solutions your organization will be well equipped to thrive in today’s business climate. This is where you need to shift gears to allow your employees to use their best skills and talent to move your organization forward. This is what keeps you ahead in the marketplace.
Empower Employees to Be More Productive
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
-General George Smith Patton, Jr.
Empowered employees are good for business. By micromanaging people stifles their creative process and makes them less likely to give their best. Letting employees make decisions on how to solve what is in front of them shows a trust you have of them.
As leader, “you need to empower your team to generate and execute bold ideas” (Tim Brown CEO of IDEO).
Empower Your Employees to Innovate
Most people are stuck in “either-or” thinking. Their mindsets are win or lose. Shifting their mindset helps when each person thinks and reacts to new possibilities. Operating from a win-win perspective has your attitude shift toward positive possibilities that your idea will work.
“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.”
Encourage In-The-Moment Feedback
Create an open communication where feedback does not have to mean giving negative judgment or criticism to other. Sometimes feedback can help you improve what you are working on or it is great praise for accomplishing the task you were given.
Working Collaboratively Instead of Competitively
By improving your own organizational effectiveness by for empowering your employees, they work on a collaboratively basis instead of a competitive one against each other. Employees get to know what strengths and weaknesses to pull from in each employee for the best they do.
“Empowerment is constantly challenging oneself with something difficult that tests his power of nerve, knack, skill, aptitude, attitude and wisdom to do things diligently, delightfully but differently.” – Anuj Somany
Leaders should empower employees for the success of your business. In doing so, you allow your employees to use their creative thinking skills and talent. This brings out the best in your employees and the best in the work they do.
“An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.”