Here are three signs they may not be as empowered as you think.
If the problem was easy to solve, someone else would have already solved it.
As a leader, you already understand the value of solving problems.
They are also less likely to miss one when they do.
Knowing how to distinguish between the causes of problems also prevents a manager from praising an employee for something good that happened that was coincidental or blaming an employee for something caused by a system flaw.