- actual empowerment, that granted by the organisation to an employee, and
- psychological empowerment, the feeling of empowerment that an employee has.
Academics studying the subject generally approach the two types of empowerment as separate and distinct phenomena.
For the purposes of leadership, you should note that there is a difference between actual and psychological empowerment and understand that even when you grant employees more power and authority, they still might not feel empowered. And when employees don’t feel empowered, they are unlikely to act empowered.
Leadership must help bridge the gap between actual and psychological empowerment. Don’t just give your team the power, make sure they truly feel empowered.
Without psychological empowerment, actual empowerment is of limited value.
The Institute of Leadership and Management(ILM) talks about empowering leadership – DOWNLOAD – –Leadership Essentials
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