dominantly by either confidence or competence.
Once the leader knows the point of confidence vs. competence in his or her followers, he or she will
know which factor to build on. When the leader feels they have successfully motivated their followers to
be both very confident and competent, and that the followers are ready and have the responsibility to lead
Once the followers are ready for some leadership of their own, the next problem at hand becomes
simply step away and allow the responsibility to dump onto the followers; surely if that happened, they
would quickly lose confidence and possibly competence too. Instead, the leadership and responsibility of
the followers should be increased gradually as they are steadily empowered, and at a rate that depends on
how well the newly gained leadership is handled.
At all times though, the leader must be prepared to guide or even realign the direction the newly
independent followers take. The leader must also realize the risk of failure in the complete empowerment
of his or her followers, as starting over completely is hardly possible. Were that to occur, the subject would
near definitely experience a severe loss of confidence as a major consequence to a premature
And lastly, if a leader is completely successful in empowering his or her subjects and has sent them
well off on their way to their ultimate goal, the leader must realize that he/she has completed his or her