- A clearly stated vision of "where we're going."
- Persistently sharing successes AND losses between/among team members.
- Affording the safety to take risks.
- Refusal to burden the team with layers of permission requirements.
- Pervasive transparency - in communications, in intent, in support systems, in diagnostics.
- Ensuring legitimate "voice" to ALL stakeholders.
- Minimization of rules and minutiae (a.k.a. bureaucracy).
- Consistent support publicly for work well done (and private reprimands for otherwise).
- Relentless commitment to development, growth, and learning.
While it's great fun to be a part of such environments, the question begs: What are we doing (as leaders) to create those very conditions?
The quality of the team and it's results is directly proportional to it.
There is great power in empowerment.