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How empowered do you feel to make decisions affecting your team?

October 26, 2017 No Comments

EKG Pulse Graph with Glowing Blue Line

Our reader poll today asks: How empowered do you feel to make decisions affecting your team?

– Very — I’m in complete control: 21%
– Mostly — I make all but a few key decisions: 39%
– Not very — my leaders limit the decisions I can make: 26%
– Not at all — I barely get to decide anything: 15%

A lack of power. Seems like a lot (41%) of you have little decision making power. That has to be frustrating – both for you and for your leaders. Most leaders I know want their team members to be empowered and to take initiative. If you feel like you can’t make decisions, ask yourself if those are self-limiting beliefs. Many of your leaders want you to take initiative. Talk with them about decision parameters where you can make the call within a certain set of boundaries. They’ll be happy to make fewer decisions to let you lead the charge. If you simply assume you can’t make decisions without confirming that fact, both you and your boss might be unnecessarily frustrated.

Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.

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