Empowerment is vital for effective leadership. It is core to most of our relationships…from teaching, to parenting, to leading.
Leading People to Not Need Us
In discussing love and giving, C.S. Lewis implicitly engages the practice of empowerment. Lewis writes:
“The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift. We feed children in order that they may soon be able to feed themselves; we teach them in order that they may soon not need our teaching.”
Celebrating Growth toward Independence
This principle is not only essential for effective parenting or teaching, it is also essential for effective leading. It raises a heart-searching question for us as leaders: Are we leading our people to dependency on our leadership, or are we leading them to a place of independence and interdependence?
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