Empowerment is authority or power given to someone to do something. It is the process of becoming stronger and more confident. How does this apply to your development as a leader?
David Huntoon expresses this really well: As a leader, empowerment is a means to include others in decision making, to give them a participatory role which capitalizes on their own expertise and judgment, and that increases their sense of both individual worth and commitment to the cause. When you empower your others as a leader, you motivate them to work together for the success of the common goals. In a team leadership role, this builds confidence and also provides one voice (your voice) in any key decision moment when you are not present. Empowerment builds the important element of trust in any team or cause.