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Why an empowering leadership style can go wrong

Research Briefing

Keywords: Empowering leadership, Leadership, Self-efficacy, Psychological ownership, Performance, Workplace deviance

A growing range of studies have recently shown that empowering leadership has a range of positive outcomes in organisations, such as increasing:

• creativity and innovation
• job satisfaction
• organisational citizenship behaviours
• psychological ownership
• intrinsic motivation.

Empowering leadership

Empowering leadership is a distinctive type of leadership that focuses on influencing others by developing and empowering follower self-leadership capabilities. The aim of empowering leadership is to hand over as much power and authority as possible to followers, to empower those followers to become leaders and decision-makers in their own right.

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