Academic Leadership: The Online Journal (2003-2012)


Leaders can get others on board with decision making through either delegation or empowerment. Through delegation, a leader will, through an expression of authority, determine which tasks will be completed by which employees (Billikopf, 2003). Followers are delegated tasks and actions. On the other hand, when followers are empowered, followers have the freedom to complete tasks for the purpose of achieving the goals and vision of the institution (Billikopf, 2003). Empowerment shares the decision making process between the leader and the followers. “Shared decision making can improve the quality and acceptance of decisions, bolster worker motivation and self-esteem, increase sense of ownership and improve interpersonal relations with employees” (Billikopf, 2003, p. 2).


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