I recently wrote about how setting high expectations is good for your team – doing so essentially sets the stage for self-fulfilling prophecies. But while you can communicate what you want your employees to achieve – and what you think they’re capable of – how do you motivate them to take action?
We each have our own leadership style, but what I’ve found in my career is that empowerment and providing employees with the confidence, skills, and resources to work autonomously is much more effective than any component of micromanagement or constant directives.
As we think about how we can empower our teammates, executive coach Ed Batista has detailed the difference between power and force, which I think is the underlying distinction in motivating your team.
Here are the differences:
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