I believe if we need to increase productivity, we should empower teams. However, I do believe that there should be some structure. That is where management comes in. Management should give the groups a task and let the teams figure out how to complete that task. If there is constant shadowing of the manager and doing it the way management wants it done, it won’t allow for creativity within the groups of individuals. It allows the teams to create a path where they want to go, not a path to where they must go. As stated in “The Empowerment Process: Integrating Theory and Practice”, the way empowerment is handled is through relational dynamic. This simply states that the manager releases power to the individuals in the organization. By doing this, it allows the teams to function more effectively through their own ways.
Cogner, J. A., & Kanungo, R. N. (1988). The empowerment process: integrating theory and practice. Academy of Management Review, 13, 471–482. https://doi.org/10.2307/258093