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66 PCB007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2020 • Give credit where credit is due; taking credit for others' accomplishments will destroy an empowering environment • Focus on results, not just actions; people must be made to feel like owners and en- trepreneurs of their process, project, etc. • Don't just celebrate success; also celebrate the employees who failed but took a calculated risk • Delegation is not empowerment unless accompanied by the authority, resources, and support required to be successful • Providing continual feedback, both posi- tive and constructive, is a key building block for improvement and future success • Remove barriers that limit employees to act in an empowered way • Transparency builds trust; share pertinent information early and often • Develop an empowering leadership style that nurtures, coaches, mentors, encour- ages and supports, even (especially) in difficult situations • Training + trust = empowerment • Demonstrate the calculated risk-taking behavior you want your teams to emulate • Communicate the vision, goals, and objectives so that everyone involved is on the same page In Closing Being a Harley enthusiast for over a dozen years, I have been fascinated with the outlaw biker culture, in general, and Sonny Barger, in particular. During my research into the man and his exploits, it became clear to me that the lead- ership skills Sonny Barger has honed over the past half-century managing the international Hells Angels organization can be just as effec- tive in today's business environment. PCB007 Steve Williams is the president of The Right Approach Consulting. To read past columns or contact Williams, click here. by the I-Connect007 Editorial Team It goes without saying that in times of crisis or great uncer- tainty, we often look to those in leadership positions to guide us and give us direction. In the June 2020 issue of SMT007 Magazine, we published an interview with Tom Forsythe, exe c u t i ve v i c e p re s i d e n t of KYZEN. In this conversation with Barry Matties and Nolan John- son, Forsythe shares his insight on leadership and what he be- lieves makes a good leader. Read the entire interview here. Leaning on Leadership

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