Research has shown that helping employees feel more powerful can improve productivity, performance, and job satisfaction. Delegate important tasks, communicate frequently, and encourage them to share their views on important issues. You don’t have to elevate every staff member to a leadership position, but you can offer choices that lead to greater autonomy. Giving them some choice, in the way they do their work or the projects they work on, can make a big difference — no title required.
People crave a sense of control over their situation. Giving it to them will help you develop your direct reports into independent thinkers who are invested in moving the organization forward.
Adapted from “Make Your Team Feel Powerful” by Harrison Monarth.