Although initially invented to assist children with learning to ride a bike; if used for too long, training wheels can be counterproductive, interfering with the learning of balance, agility, and coordination.
The same is true when you train your team.
Contrary to belief, people do not fully learn in training, they truly learn when they apply what they have been taught in training.
Complete a mental inventory of your team to decipher who still has training wheels on, especially those who are interested in leadership roles.
Empower your team to apply what they have learned and resist the urge to take over when you are under pressure to produce, that is the best time for the team to grow.
When you trust in your team, you are trusting in yourself because you are certain that what you have been teaching will be applied.
Put it into perspective by taking a minute to look at it as:
Empowering is basically the transference of power to your team. Give your team the power.
Enabling is actually stripping the team of their power.
It’s your choice but it must be a conscious choice, a deliberate act to ensure that the team is aware of their responsibility.
Believe in your team and they just may surprise you.
Biz Lesson: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right.” — Henry Ford
Letty Sanchez, Principal Consultant/Lead Business Strategist, AEM Executive Consultants