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What is Leadership/Empowerment?

There is no definite definition of ‘leadership’, but it can be broadly seen as the ability to understand people’s motivation and leverage it to achieve a common goal. Skilful leaders may achieve positive outcomes for individuals, teams, organisations and wider communities through different approaches and operating at any level. So it’s important to develop leaders to fit the needs of an organisation, as well as invest in environments that enable them to be effective.  (Source: Leadership in the workplace)

Empowerment means giving more rights or freedom to a group of people. Empowerment in the workplace involves employees having a certain level of autonomy in the decision-making process. Employees can have more control over their daily responsibilities. It might also include changes to the traditional protocols of a company, adjusting it to suit the employees’ desires. (Source: What is empowerment in the workplace? Examples and benefits)

Empowering leadership is understanding the importance of being able to fully support a team by giving them the tools needed to be effective. Team members who are empowered feel more confident in their abilities and tend to deliver projects with greater care. By implementing an empowering leadership strategy, leaders allow employees to take ownership of their work, resulting in increased productivity, happier employees, and a healthy workplace culture. (Source: Empowering Leadership: Traits & Examples)

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