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Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

When you give problems back to subordinates to solve themselves, you have to be sure that they have both the desire and the ability to do so.

- Steven R. Covey

There is no more noble occupation in the world than to assist another human being-to help someone succeed.

- John Maxwell

You’ll garner much greater results in you spend your time and energy on building people’s strengths rather than managing their weaknesses.

- Paul Falcone

Problems, as a rule, solve themselves or disappear if you remove yourself as an information bottleneck and empower others.

- Tim Ferriss

Many employees do not want the responsibility of deciding when to say yes and when to say no. They do not want to be empowered. Over time, I would expect an empowering manager to have weeded these people out and created a team of people eager to take responsibility.

- Fred Lee

If something I’m doing can be done 80% as well by someone else, I delegate it.

- John Maxwell

Each delegated task must be both time consuming and well-defined.

- Tim Ferriss

Once you experience the joy and organizational effectiveness of empowering others, you will have a hard time not giving your power away.

- John Maxwell

If you make decisions that risk the traditional strength of the business, it will cost you dearly.

- Michael Watkins

Empowerment often means you have to develop people, which is initially much more time consuming than solving the problem on your own.

- Steven R. Covey

Good managers never put off till tomorrow what they can delegate today. A major cause of stress and poor time management is an unwillingness, or inability, to delegate responsibility to people who work for us. Delegating responsibility to others allows you to concentrate on your duties as manager; planning, problem solving and other pro-active matters. Failure to delegate forces you to spend too much time on trivial issues and to neglect critical opportunities.

- Cy Charney

Don’t do the work for them. If you do, you’d be enabling them instead of empowering them to use their own genius and talents to learn the skills by executing. This way, they can reap the rewards and have much more ownership and pride in what they create.

- Lewis Howes

People’s IQs seem to double as soon as you give them responsibility and indicate that you trust them.

- Timothy Ferriss