M9: Understanding Work Teams
Since I honestly have to make a choice, I believe I would pick the point to empower the employees. Sometimes in a business sense some individuals are micro-managed to much and do not get the chance to let them have their own business sense. It would not just be no more manager, the manager would be part of the empowerment team. The organization as a whole can give the team the outlook on what they need. Let them organize and implement what needs to be done. Like the article said it gives them responsibility, ownership, they show more motivation to their fellow team members and the organization.
If I had to not choose and had a choice I would combine both point of empowerment and counterpoint. Each side of course has its pros and cons.