My Personal Leadership: Trust And Employee Empowerment

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Register to read the introduction… Are they being trustworthy? Is there transparency and honesty with people at all levels of the organization? The challenge starts when leaders say one thing, but do another; they erode trust, a critical element of productive leadership. How can anyone trust a leader who talks about one thing, but does another? . Kouzes & Posner (2002) states that when leaders don't "practice what they preach," it can be almost impossible for a team to work together successfully (p.1/5), due to a loss of trust and confidence. According to Blanchard (2001) empowerment depends on a strong belief and trust in your people (p.12). Also indicates that unfortunately, the idea of passing on power to employees is not easy for all leaders to accept (p.5). My personal challenge comes then with trust. How can I trust employees who are taking advantage for their personal benefit, if the main leader is taking advantage himself? What happens when authority and responsibility are not …show more content…
You as a leader are the reflection of your actions, and leading by example will encourage employees to follow your actions and commitments. Trust as stated by Kouzes & Posner (2002, p.1/5) is at the heart of collaboration. Without trust you cannot lead, as individuals who are unable to trust others fail to become leaders, because they can’t bear to be dependent on the words and work of others.
To counter this challenge, I am trying to learn to trust people and follow my personal values and beliefs. I realize that creating a climate of trust, letting people taking control of the situations, allows them to contribute more into their job and increase the collaboration within the team. Kouzes & Posner (2002) states that to become a credible leader you have to learn to express yourself in ways that are uniquely your own (p.5/6), as you cannot lead thorough someone else’s values. Self-directed teams will be a change that works for an organization as Rockwater Resort, where different areas of the resort (finance, marketing, operations and sales) are built on the premise that the team will be driven by internal leadership and will not require any senior management. Cooperation and communication are the factors to work on and having the whole team on the same bus is the key, as it’s hard to drive the bus if the people who ride on it, don’t have a sense of the big

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