2. Earn empowerment rather than wait for it. Admit that you are more responsible for your performance and career growth than is your supervisor. Identify your desired results and actions in your professional plan. Anticipate what your supervisory leader needs to trust you have earned empowerment. Help your manager serve as a mentor by stating your intent through your plan and seeking coaching. Proactively seek to develop higher levels of trust in your competence and character for the seven levels of empowerment: (1)Tell (2)Teach (3)Direct (4)Coach (5)Support (6)Delegate (7)Empower.
The Honor Guard at Arlington prepares and serves even when no one is watching.