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Power Versus Empowerment

Power Versus Empowerment

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Empowerment 1Keys to an International Economic Kingdom: EmpowermentChenista Rae StraubelBUS3004 – Developing a Business PerspectiveProf. Susan NewellApril 6, 2005
 
Empowerment 2AbstractEmpowerment is the fifth essential element required in today’s unfoldinglearning organizations. Corporate cultures that nurture continuous improvementand development embrace change and understand that empowerment is the keyto global successes. Some of the benefits of empowerment include acceleratedproductivity, highly synergized or motivated talent streams, low absenteeism, andincreased job satisfaction.“Competency based organizations” strive to create value and worksmarter with less by developing new revenue streams based on core strengthsfueled by empowerment. Vessey at Entergy Corporation refers to thisdemocratic leadership and management style as “value creation” (Eby, 1997).This paper discusses empowerment compared to power and delegationwithin organizations and includes motivation as well as a review of corporatecultures and how they can foster empowerment based upon industry type. Thepaper concludes with a summary of an interview with an Officer of the UnitedStates Navy who shares his views of empowerment from a military perspective.
 
Empowerment 3Keys to an International Economic Kingdom: Empowerment
"A leader, like an orchestra conductor derives his/her true power from his ability to make other people powerful." -- From The Art of Possibility "He was not afraid of the competition of other ideas…Free of the greatest vice in a leader, his ego never came between him and his job." -- Dean Achesondescribing Harry S. Truman
According to Answers.com, “empowerment refers to increasing thepolitical, social or economic strength of individuals or groups. It often involvesthe empowered developing confidence in their own capacities.” Continuing, thedefinition focuses on the practice of empowering individuals within anorganization by giving workers “greater discretion and resources: distributingcontrol in order to better serve both customers and the interests of employingorganizations.” Empowerment includes individuals in decision-making includingprocess, policy, and procedure development.When you empower individuals you raise their consciousness and theybecome participants in the organization, not just mere employees or talent to beexploited. Empowerment implies respect and authority. It means you are under authority and therefore have and exercise authority as well. Authority is notpower. Authority is equal to accountability and responsibility. Authority is apractical blend of justice, mercy, faith, and obedience. When applied evenlythroughout a workforce with commitment and dedication, it becomesempowerment.Power versus Empowerment

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