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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.
Scholars have identified
different types of behavior
that leaders can use
to empower their subordinates.
One way to empower subordinates
is to give them some autonomy
and choice with regard to their work.
Another behavior is to provide
the resources and information
subordinates need to perform
their work effectively,
when making decisions
that affect subordinates,
the leader can use a procedure
that allows them to have some influence
on the decision.
can also provide opportunities
for subordinates to learn new skills
and advance their careers.
Finally, the leader can help
to implement formal programs
that give employees more influence
and ensure they are treated fairly.