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Mark 10:35-45; 1John 2:15-16
As we come to the end of the month of May, we are grateful to God for He has continued to equip us and empower us for the church ministry and the leadership of this nation. We continue to pray that God will help us to make the right choices of leadership even in the forth-coming general elections. And so today we delve into the topic ‘Empowering others’. This is because good leaders will prepare others for leadership tomorrow. It will require therefore a concerted efforts and be intentional in preparing men and women for leadership moving forward. Empowering others for God’s service isn’t easy. because it requires that a Church and the community and their management be committed to continuous Servant development.  It means fostering an environment of trust and helping others learn from successes and analyze failures.
Allow me to pin-point a few pointers of how we can be leaders who empower others for service.

    • We empower others by Sharing the right information. Jesus did that. Sharing information with others is important because it is not only helps to build trust; it gives them important information that will allow them to make the best possible decisions in critical situations.

    • We as leaders empower others by creating clear goals and objectives in our leadership. As leaders we need to be clear with our vision, goals/objectives, and our roles.  This will help create the framework necessary to guide others to make empowered decisions come up with policies that promote life in others.

    • Leaders who are keen to empower others Teach that it’s o.k. to make mistakes:  If you empower other to make decisions that will help keep customers happy, then you have to be willing to allow them to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes.  Berating an Servant who tried something new will only serve to keep others from trying new things.
    • We empower others by creating an environment that celebrates both successes and failures for others.  As leaders we don’t just celebrate the successes. We have to celebrate those who took a risk but maybe didn’t obtain the results intended but learned valuable lessons themselves and for the Church and the society.

    • We empower others by supporting a learning environment for all:  This is an ongoing process whereby teams look at various situations and discuss them together to determine how they might handle things differently in the future to achieve a different result.  This is really what our lives are all about...learning new things as we age, by analyzing the things we’ve done in the past and check what we need to change moving forward.
    • We empower others by encouraging them to work as a teams. This occurs by slowly and carefully transferring responsibilities from leaders to teams.  This is built from the philosophy that together we can achieve more… I am because you are. This can be a very scary and difficult process that takes time, training and a lot of persistence. It’s been my personal experience that this requires a lot of support time to the teams as they move from depending on a manager to make decisions to being autonomous.

We conclude by taking notice that working to create an environment that empowers others has been shown to not only to increase satisfaction levels for those are led, but it also improves others morale.  It takes training, practice, and the ability to accept mistakes as a part of the learning process – but it is well worth the effort in the long run! May we arise to the occasion therefore to be leaders who empower others. May God bless Kenya with leaders who work hard to empower the communities