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Empowering leadership

Published on July 1, 2012 Reviewed on November 30, 2016   17 min

Other Talks in the Series: Organizational Behavior

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. My presentation 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.