What Is Empowerment?

Empowerment is the degree of autonomy and self-determination we have as people and as communities. Empowerment enables us to represent our interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on our own authority.

What Are the Different Types of Empowerment?

  • Economic empowerment.
  • Educational empowerment.
  • Gender empowerment.
  • Individual empowerment.
  • Political empowerment.
  • Psychological empowerment.
  • Physical empowerment.
  • Social empowerment.

What Is Self-Empowerment?

Self-empowerment means making a conscious decision to take charge of our destiny. It involves making positive choices, taking action to advance, and being confident in our ability to make and execute decisions. Self-empowered people understand their strengths and weaknesses and are motivated to learn and achieve.

What Are the Characteristics of an Empowered Person?

Empowered people take responsibility for their external and inner life — their thoughts, feelings and actions. Empowered people do not shy away from the consequences of their actions. They are able to face facts, admit mistakes and know that it does not diminish their essential worth.

How Do We Empower Ourselves?

  • By developing a positive attitude.
  • By setting reasonable goals.
  • By surrounding ourselves with positive people.
  • By practising self-care.
  • By using positive self-talk.
  • By being assertive.
  • By creating an action list.

How Do We Empower Others?

One of the most effective ways to empower others is to express appreciation for their efforts. Offering positive feedback for showing responsibility and taking ownership supports initiative. It also makes people feel valued and appreciated, which fosters a positive work environment.

What Is Empowered Leadership?

Empowering others builds confidence in our team’s capacity to execute our collective mission and goals. Empowerment establishes trust in an organisation, and creates the secondary level of leadership necessary when you are not present for key decisions so that the organisation continues.

How Do Empowered Leaders Lead?

  • They communicate clearly.
  • They know when to talk and when to listen.
  • They share their vision.
  • They inspire others.
  • They act with integrity.
  • They have empathy.

Psychologically empowered employees believe:

  • Their work is personally important.
  • They have the ability to successfully perform tasks.
  • They have the freedom to choose how to initiate and carry out tasks.
  • Their personal behaviour at work contributes to important outcomes.

Key Questions to Reflect on as a Leader:

  • How empowered do you feel, personally and professionally?
  • Who, or what, empowers you in your life?
  • Who do you empower and how do you empower them?
  • How do you, or could you, lead in an empowered way?

Articles

British Heart Foundation

6 ways to empower yourself

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HuffPost

8 Little Things You Can Do To Empower Yourself

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Maryville University

7 Tips for Achieving Self-Empowerment

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Mind Tools

Achieving Personal Empowerment: Taking Charge of Your Life and Career

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Thrive Global

Eight Tips to Empower Yourself and Create the Change

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Yoga International

10 Ways to Empower Yourself to Create Change in the World

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Books

Indigo Indigo

Woman Be Wild

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King, Vex

Good Vibes, Good Life

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Lee-White, Cheryl

Believe: A Book of Empowering Poetry

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Lisene, Gavin

The Little Book of Empowerment

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Logan, Megan

Self-Love Workbook for Women

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Patton-Thoele, Sue

The Woman’s Book of Courage

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Price, Isabella

Goddess Power

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Woodward, Kay

What Would She Do?

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Zicari, Viv

Empowerment Book of 49 Tools

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The Empowerment Podcast

Silvia Smart

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The Guilty Feminist

Deborah Frances-White

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The Life Coach Show

Andrea Lavallee

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Living Life Fully

Mary Hyatt

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Northern Power Women

A weekly business, careers and non-profit podcast.

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The Marie Forleo Podcast

Marie Forleo

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Optimal Living Daily

Justin Malik

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The Savvy Psychologist

Jade Wu, PHD and Ellen Hendriksen

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Ten Percent Happier

Dan Harris

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Therapy for Black Girls

Dr Joy Harden Bradford

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Women Empowerment

A society and culture podcast.

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Caroline McHugh

The Art of Being Yourself

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Dr Craig Mertler

Personal Empowerment Through Reflection and Learning

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Darren Nicholas

Empowerment

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David Hughes

Learning About the Power of Empowerment

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Hayden Taylor

The Empowerment Triangle

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Julio Viskovich

Empower Yourself and Take Control of Your Life

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Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

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Meera Abu Soufah

The Road to Self-Empowerment

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Mel Robbins

How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over

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Nia Peeples

The Truth About Empowerment

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Sam Tarell

How to Empower Emerging Leaders

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What People Say

If you are looking to work with someone who has an infectious passion for making positive change happen, you will love working with Hannah. She has a wealth of experience at a senior leadership level and is hugely committed to the diversity agenda. I have benefitted personally from Hannah’s wisdom and guidance on these issues on a number of occasions.

Andy Buck

Founding DirectorLeadership Matters

When it comes to authentic and courageous leadership, Hannah is unbeatable. Her value-driven approach allows her to be precise and focused whilst taking an empathic approach. One of the leadership traits I admire the most in Hannah is her commitment to asking the difficult questions that others avoid, and this has been evident in her work encouraging Diverse Leaders. She is fearless and highly skilled at driving change, even in complex situations. Hannah is a catalyst and can cause a mindset shift in one conversation. Her leadership creates leaders.

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Author & Speaker

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