Encourage and Empower: The Power of Coaching For Employee Empowerment

What is Employee Empowerment?

Employee empowerment is a management philosophy that centres around promoting autonomy, decision-making authority, and accountability within the business, and among employees. It involves giving employees the trust and ability to make important decisions without micromanagement or constant supervision.

By empowering employees, organisations entrust them with the space and responsibility to take initiative and contribute to success within the company.

The concept of employee empowerment has been influenced by psychologists such as Abraham Maslow, who introduced the idea of self-actualisation, and the need for individuals to fulfil their potential. Another influential psychologist is Douglas McGregor, known for his Theory X and Theory Y, which explore different management approaches towards employee motivation and involvement.

Employee empowerment not only leads to increased job satisfaction and motivation, but also fosters a positive work culture, improves productivity, and enhances creativity and innovation. It allows employees to feel a sense of ownership, contributing to their personal and professional growth.

By empowering employees, organisations create an environment that encourages employee engagement and fosters long-term success.

Why is it Important to Empower Employees?

Empowering employees is crucial for the sustained success of any organisation.

When employees feel empowered, they can often report higher self-confidence, are motivated to take ownership of their work, make decisions, and contribute to the overall goals of the company.

Let’s explore the benefits of empowerment, from an organisational perspective.. Here are three common outcomes across organisations:

  1. Increased Productivity: Employees are more engaged and motivated to perform their best, resulting in increased productivity. They have the autonomy to make decisions and take initiative, leading to efficient and effective work outcomes.
  2. Enhanced Creativity and Innovation: Employees are encouraged to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. They have the freedom to experiment and take calculated risks, which can foster a culture of innovation within the organisation.
  3. Improved Job Satisfaction and Retention: Employees feel valued and respected. They experience a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction from their work, which leads to higher job satisfaction and improved employee retention rates.


To illustrate the impact, let’s consider two teams within the same organisation:

    1. Team A, which receives regular coaching from a workplace empowerment coach, will likely show higher levels of effectiveness. They will be more proactive, seek out accountability in their own tasks, and collaborate more effectively. They will be able to navigate uncertainty through exploring their own narratives as they arise which can minimise the spiralling of fear-based imaginary stories which can block effective team performance. 
    2. In contrast, Team B, without access to professional support, may struggle with decision-making, lack initiative, and have lower overall effectiveness. Being caught in the same repetitive cycles of behaviour can result in increased frustration and limited outcomes.

As you can see, this is not only beneficial for the organisation, but it also promotes ethical and fair treatment of employees and opportunities for growth, while encouraging personal and professional development. Altogether these factors once again improve the ability to co-create a positive work environment and wellbeing for all.

A woman at work feeling empowered after her coaching session

The Coaching Process

The coaching process comprises several stages that are designed to help individuals achieve their full potential and empower them to make significant progress in their professional and personal lives.

These stages generally involve the following (in one form or another): establishing goals, assessing current skills and strengths, creating action plans, providing feedback and support, and evaluating progress.

Professional coaching in the workplace is crucial because it provides employees (and in many cases, even leadership and management), with the guidance and support they need to develop new skills, enhance their performance, and overcome challenges. Being human in our dynamic workplace environments will naturally hold moments of challenge!

By working closely with a coach, individuals can identify their strengths and areas for improvement, set clear goals, and create actionable strategies to achieve those goals. Coaching also helps employees gain self-awareness, build confidence when faced with challenges, and develop effective communication and problem-solving abilities.

Overall, this enables individuals to take ownership of their development, build resilience, and reach their professional goals. Through the coaching process, employees can unleash their potential and contribute to the growth and success of the organisation.

How 1-1 Coaching Can Help Empower Your Employees

I’ve worked with over forty different workplace teams across different organisations, industries, and business functions, and this number continues to grow.

Time and time again, throughout my journey, I’ve seen a common denominator: when the coaching process is engaged in a workplace, it’s not uncommon to find that one of the organic side-effects is a natural growth in empowerment potential!

Why does this happen? I believe that coaching can shine the torch into the areas we don’t look at: We are creatures of habit, and because of this, we often process many experiences through the single, same lens. 

We also have biases that we may or may not be aware of, and often we apply those same biases and assumptions to new situations – because we’re fixated on what we think we’re meant to see.

In these situations, coaching can help orient (or reorient) your perspective when needed. 

Feeling isolated can be very paralysing. When we feel isolated, a survival instinct can kick in when we feel under threat of not knowing, and this can really hinder our own exploration of the moment.

When other people have felt the same way, or have experience dealing with the same issue, it can help us if we connect to them.

This provides us with a wonderful opportunity to be inspired by their learning and exploration, and to feel held in a moment that could otherwise direct us off the path that we’re choosing to walk. It lifts a big weight off our shoulders knowing we are not alone, and knowing that someone else has travelled a human path and expanded from and through it.

Here are three other ways that working with an empowerment coach actually supports a culture of empowerment:

  1. Coaching is akin to having a cheerleader dedicated to supporting you: You have someone who is committed to your path and your highest intention – they want the best for you and to support your journey. They will meet you at the gym so you will show up for YOU. Even if you are having natural human moments of “can’t be bothered”, too busy etc. You also have someone who will celebrate your shifts!
  2. Coaching can help you get unstuck and keep moving forward: Having someone to explore what is arising in you, while you are in it… Is priceless. It can help give you new perspectives or prompt new ways of looking at the same situation. Coaching can also prompt moments of self-compassion when you might inevitably feel moments of “stuck-ness” (which is part of the natural process of human growth.)
  3. Seeing the bigger picture: We can get lost in our own tree-filled forests. A coach can inspire you to view things differently. As Wayne Dyer says, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Empowerment Coaching can help guide the exploration productively, rather than you getting stuck in the “He said, She said” detail. Your coach can see the potential in you that you might not be able to see.

The Role of a Coach or Mentor as an Enabler

As I’ve touched on in previous articles, there are many successful coaching styles in use today. One coach’s methodology might not be the same as another.

Regardless of style, one of the many important roles that a coach or mentor can play; is that of an enabler.

In this role, they might serve as a guide and support system, and often the boost in morale can help their clients to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

As an enabler, a coach or mentor helps individuals see professional or personal growth, and identify their strengths, overcome challenges, and develop new skills. They can provide encouragement, guidance, and feedback that enables and supports a client’s explicit intention.

A coach or mentor creates a safe and non-judgmental space for their clients to explore their thoughts, ideas, and aspirations.

They ask thought-provoking questions, challenge limiting beliefs, and assist in creating actionable plans. By helping individuals work to gain clarity and self-awareness, coaches and mentors empower their clients to take ownership of their development and make positive shifts.

The role of a coach or mentor as an enabler is to inspire and motivate individuals, providing them with the tools and support needed to succeed.

Whether it’s in the workplace or personal life, coaches and mentors play a vital role in fostering empowerment and helping individuals become their superpowered selves!

Professional Coaching and Skill Development

As discussed above, professional coaching encourages skill development and promotes a sense of empowerment in the workplace.

Through this, individuals are guided and supported in identifying their strengths and areas for improvement. Coaches help employees set specific goals and intentions and create action plans to enhance their skills and abilities.

Coaching sessions provide a safe and non-judgmental space for employees to explore their talents, develop new competencies, and overcome challenges. By receiving feedback, guidance, and encouragement from their coaches, employees are empowered to take ownership of their professional development.

This also fosters a growth mindset, encouraging individuals to embrace continuous learning and improvement. Coaches provide resources, tools, and strategies to enhance specific skills, such as effective communication, leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Individuals can gain confidence in their abilities and are more likely to take on new challenges and responsibilities. This results in stronger teams, increased productivity, and a more engaged workforce.

Overall, professional coaching is a powerful method empowering employees to take strides and reach for their full potential in the workplace.

Life Coaching and Personal Development

Life coaching can help clients identify their own inner strengths and resources, helping them develop different aspects of their lives (this can be work related, or related to any other aspect of life). 

Through this, individuals can identify their values, passions, and areas for growth. They become deeply connected to who they are and what matters to them. Coaching conversations provide guidance, support, and accountability to help individuals create action plans and make positive changes in their lives.

While this kind of coaching is not exclusively work focused, it can impact the workplace in helping individuals to cultivate self-awareness, improve decision-making skills, and develop a plan of action for a better work-life balance.

It can play a role in helping to overcome obstacles, building resilience, and helping individuals identify learning and development opportunities.

With the support of a life coach, managers and team members can embrace personal development as a means to empower themselves and lead more fulfilling lives.

Coaching Skills and Techniques for Workplace Empowerment

If you’re a manager or leader who is interested in fostering a sense of empowerment in the people you lead, then you can include coaching methodologies and techniques in your approach:

  1. Active Listening: As a manager, practising active listening isn’t just vital to growing communication skills. It also helps create a safe space for employees to express themselves. By truly hearing their concerns, ideas, and aspirations, you can guide them towards their desired outcomes. 

The Heart of the Matter is everyone wants to be heard and seen.

  1. Powerful Questions: Asking powerful questions encourages people to reflect and explore new perspectives. These thought-provoking inquiries stimulate critical thinking, enabling individuals to find their own solutions and take ownership of their growth. 

The Heart of the Matter is that growth is an endlessly evolving human experience and the more we explore, the more we see. 

  1. Intention Setting: Leaders can assist employees in setting intentions that are meaningful to them and to the organisation. Starting with ‘Why’ this matters to employees is a key to ensuring that they feel a sense of genuine commitment to the process.  This approach helps employees align their aspirations with organizational objectives, promoting a sense of purpose and motivation.

The Heart of the Matter is that when we feel a meaningful connection to our work, we will willingly contribute.

  1. Feedback and Feedforward: Providing timely and constructive feedback allows employees to learn from their experiences and make necessary adjustments. Additionally, you can offer feedforward; focusing on future development rather than dwelling on past experiences.

The Heart of the Matter is that we are all human and there is great insight to be learnt from experiences that didn’t quite work as planned! And let’s face it, as much as we might try to control things, often life has a way of throwing a different experience in our path than anticipated. These natural, human challenges can be seen as a gift when embraced through compassionate, new growth lenses. 

  1. Accountability: Empowering employees to hold their own accountability can be a massive support for them to perform at their best! Coaches often do help establish accountability structures and support employees in staying committed to their goals.

The Heart of the Matter is that we all want to feel valuable and to be of value.

By using some of these skills, many managers and leaders can create an environment where employees feel valued, motivated, and empowered at work.


It’s pretty conclusive that coaching plays a major role in empowering employees in the workplace. 

By providing active listening, powerful questioning, goal and intention setting, feedback, and accountability, leaders can create an environment where employees feel valued, motivated, and empowered to reach their full potential.

Employee empowerment is essential for organisations to thrive and innovate.

When employees feel genuinely trusted and supported, they often go the extra mile when accountable, solve problems creatively, and can ethically contribute to the company’s success and culture. It isn’t about giving away power, but rather unlocking the potential of every team member.

Through professional coaching and skill development, employees can enhance their performance and capabilities. Additionally, life coaching and personal development can also support employees in their overall growth and well-being.

By embracing this, organisations can cultivate a culture of collaboration, resilience, and continuous improvement. With empowered employees, businesses can stay competitive, adapt to change, and achieve long-term success. 

So, why not let the experience of coaching support your team empowerment and organisational growth activity? If you’d like to see how I’ve supported many teams and leaders in exploring and encouraging empowerment in the workplace, then contact me today!

May you have a magical workday, every day!

Article by

Vee Haslam

I Help You Connect to the Heart of the Matter During Times of Change to Obtain Peak Performance.

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