My name is Gary Yukl,
and I am a Professor of Management
at UAlbany, which is otherwise
known as the State University
of New York in Albany.
is about Empowering Leadership.
Leadership is the process of influencing
how people perform collective tasks.
Most organizations have appointed
or elected leaders
with formal authority to direct
the activities of their work unit.
Empowering leadership involves
sharing some of the leader's authority
with members of the work unit
and allowing them to influence decisions
that affect them.
It has been an important topic
in leadership research
for more than 50 years.
Many studies tested
the proposed benefits of empowerment.
Today, I will describe
what it means to be an empowering leader
and how the potential benefits
can be attained.