‘Empowering’ means giving your team members the authority or power to do something, to take more control, and to become stronger and more independent. An effective way to empower your team is to delegate. It is important to note that the dictionary definition of empowerment does not take into account a key distinction between two types of empowerment: 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 a...

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