The Essentials: Autonomy

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It’s crucial for leaders to find ways to provide autonomy to their employees. In this roundup, we share some of our top tips for how to empower people by providing options.

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Think of the last time you didn’t get to choose, whether an ice cream shop was out of your favorite flavor or your manager assigned you a project instead of asking what you’d like to tackle next. Chances are, it probably felt pretty crummy. Autonomy is tied to a sense of control over the events in our lives and, perhaps even more critically, the perception that our behavior has an effect on the outcome of a situation. That’s why it’s crucial for leaders to find ways to provide autonomy to their employees, even in the smallest ways possible. Read on to learn more about how to empower people by providing options.



The Neuroscience of Autonomy    

The SCARF Assessment: Find Out Where Your Need for Autonomy Lands


Latest From the Lab: Getting Autonomy Right


The Power of Autonomy

The Power of Choice


The Surprising Power of Autonomy for Improving Organizational Performance


Autonomy in Action

The Success of Hybrid Work Depends on Autonomy


Stop the Surveillance: Why Some Managers Feel the Need to Monitor Workers, and What to Do Instead



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