As an entrepreneur, your ultimate goal should be to run a successful business that can operate without you having to be present at all times. However, this can be a daunting task for many small business owners who feel they need to be involved in every decision made within the company.
The first step towards empowering your team is to build a strong team. But it doesn’t end there. To truly empower your team, you must also have trust in them. Trust is vital for both the team and the business owner, as it allows the team to make decisions without constantly relying on the owner’s approval. However, many small business owners fail to let go of control, which prevents the team from making decisions on their own.
Start asking this question a lot, “What would you do if I wasn’t here?”
This question allows team members to think critically and make decisions based on their own knowledge and expertise. As the business owner, you must trust your team’s abilities and give them the freedom to make decisions that drive the business forward. If you don’t trust them, then they probably shouldn’t be on your team.
Creating an environment that fosters decision-making is key to empowering your team. Encourage your team to take ownership of their roles and make decisions that drive the business forward. Clearly define expectations and communicate with your team regularly. This will help build a culture of accountability and empowerment within your organization.
As the leader of your business, it’s essential to move from being the decision-maker to being the communicator of what needs to be done. You don’t need to know how to do everything in your business. You just need to know who can do it for you.
Trusting your team to make decisions and creating an environment that fosters decision-making is vital for the growth and success of your business.
As the leader of your organization, it’s your job to communicate clearly defined expectations and foster a culture of accountability and empowerment within your team.
Move from being the decision-maker to being the communicator of what needs to be done, and delegate tasks to team members who are better suited to handle them.
This article was based on Law 8: Empowering Your Team of the Business Owner Breakthrough Podcast.