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Chapter 15. Power, Power. Who's Got the ... > Making Empowerment Work in the Team - Pg. 193

Power, Power. Who's Got the Power? 193 Provide Full Information to the Team All team members should be given full information about team projects, support to acquire necessary skills and techniques, freedom to interact with the team leader and any team member to accomplish the team's goals, and encouragement to use their initiative in planning and implementing projects. Every Team Member Is a Coach We've noted repeatedly in this book that team leaders must look upon themselves as coaches. Indeed, every team member may also be required to coach and facilitate certain projects or parts of projects. These members should have the opportunity to take the same leadership training pro- grams that are given to permanent team leaders. Titles may change, and functions may be altered, but there will always be a role for people who can guide, counsel, and motivate their coworkers. Empowerment doesn't mean giving up power; it means sharing power. It doesn't mean that you abdicate responsibility. Instead, you create a climate in which all team members are as excited about the job as you are. The Least You Need to Know · An empowered team is one in which the team leader and team members share authority and responsibility. · The key to the success of an empowered team is mutual trust, respect, and openness. · By eliciting input from people who are doing a job, you're likely to pick up ideas that may not have occurred to you. · Ownership is the feeling of being a full partner in the development and implementation of a project and being committed to its successful achievement. · Empowerment enhances collaborative efforts to get a job accomplished by giving every member of a team