10 Ways to Empower Others to Be Their Best Selves

April 4, 2017


When people feel empowered, they believe in themselves and their ability to control their personal and professional lives. Helping to empower others promotes optimism and a “can-do” spirit that gets things done—faster and better. Here are 10 tips for helping others become all they are capable of being.   

  1. Offer people the two most undervalued words in the English language: “thank you.” They show others that you noticed their help and/or abilities and are grateful.

  2. Give wholeheartedly of your time and attention, without expecting anything in return. Friends and coworkers will, in turn, feel appreciated and return your generosity in kind.
  3. Give sincere compliments, whether you’re praising the quality of someone’s work, their help with a project, or a new outfit. 

  4. Go out of your way to connect with new colleagues. Chat with them, invite them out for a coffee; make them feel that they are a welcome, valued part of the team. 

  5. Don’t vie to be the center of attention; share the limelight and group success. Hogging the spotlight usually generates resentment, while sharing is sure to bring appreciation and gratitude. 

  6. Model positive character traits you believe in. Others will take notice and emulate your words and actions.

  7. Listen intently. Don’t lose focus when someone speaks to you. Look at them and nod to show you’re following the conversation. This will encourage the other person to continue to share their ideas.

  8. If you’re in charge of a meeting, let everyone know your value their opinion. Encourage those who may be shy to speak up. Don’t put down anyone’s contributions, even if you disagree with those particular concepts.

  9. Give direct reports autonomy. Let them come up their own ideas and answers. People who feel in control of their choices happier, more fulfilled—and more productive.

Act toward others as you would have others act toward you—with kindness, consideration and respect.

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