Almost every organisation I have ever worked with claims to place a high value on empowerment. Almost none really means it.
Will Schutz, US psychologist, author (1925-2002)
A leader must not only be willing to give opportunity to others, but must be in the business of creating opportunity for others.
William Terrell Hodges, US federal judge (b. 1934)
Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
George S Patton, US general (1885-1945)
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.
Ronald Reagan, US President, actor (1911-2004)
You cannot mandate productivity, you must provide the tools to let people become their best.
Steve Jobs, US executive, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc (b. 1955)
The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt, US President (1858-1919)
Here lies a man who knew how to enlist the service of better men than himself.
Tombstone of Andrew Carnegie, British industrialist, philanthropist (1835-1919)
The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they surpass him or her in knowldege and ability.
Fred A Manske Jr, US management author
The ultimate motivational empowerment question: Could you show me how to do that?
David Firth, British management author (b. 1949)
Proper leadership empowers the workforce. An empowered workforce means one that’s committed, that feels they’re learning, that they’re competent. They have a sense of human bond, a sense of community, a sense of meaning in their work.
Warren Bennis, US academic, management author (b. 1925)
As the walls come down, we can master change by sharing a common set of goals and purposes, by giving people the data they need so they can guide and direct their own actions.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, US academic, management author (b. 1943)
Participation is not empowerment.
Daniel Quinn Mills, US academic management author (b. 1941)