When you become an empowerer, you work with and through people, but you do much more. You enable others to reach the highest levels in their personal and professional development. The act of empowering others changes lives, and it's a win-win situation for you and the people you empower. Giving others your authority isn't like giving away an object, such as your phone, for example. If you give away your phone, you no longer have communication. But empowering others by giving them authority has the same effect as sharing information: You haven't lost anything, you have increased the ability of others without decreasing yourself.
The process of empowering works only when you understand these certain nuggets:
You may already be empowering some people in your life without knowing it. When you entrust your spouse with an important decision and then cheerfully back her up, that's empowering. When you delegate a challenging job to an employee and give her the authority she needs to get it done, you have empowered her.
Remember that all people have the potential to succeed. Your job is to see the potential, find out what they lack to develop it, and equip them with what they need.