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Empowering leadership styles in cross-cultural situations

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Keywords: empowering leadership, leadership, leadership style, cross-cultural leadership, leadership development

Empowering leadership refers to leadership behaviours that are primarily focused on delegating authority to employees and promoting self-directed and autonomous decision-making, coaching, knowledge sharing and a coaching /facilitative style of leadership.

Whilst the empowering leadership style has been found in a number of previous studies to be a distinct form of leadership, and differentiated from transformational, transactional, and laissez-faire leadership, it is, however, considered to be part of the servant leadership ‘family’.

The aim of an empowering leadership style is to transfer power and decision-making to subordinates as much as possible whilst providing support to ensure that employees are equipped to be able to take on the responsibilities to make the decisions they need to make.

This study looked at how an empowering leadership in different cultural situations. This research briefing will be really useful for anyone engaged in leadership, leadership development and cultural organisational development and change.

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