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As a corporate or strategic leader you have a key role in promoting an organisational culture which encourages managers and staff to use their skills and abilities fully, to take appropriate risks and to make decisions within their own sphere of influence.

This means encouraging and valuing leadership, expertise and insight at all levels of the workforce and among people who use the service, recognising them as co-producers.

Empowering others may involve:

  • developing a clear action plan to build an organisational culture which embraces the leadership of people who use services, their carers, the community, staff and colleagues at all levels in the organisation
  • working with colleagues in partner organisations to build collaborative leadership capacity and enable innovation and appropriate risk-taking across organisational boundaries.

Empowering Resources

  • Managing People A number of resources for Managing People are hosted on Good Practice for leaders and managers . Topics covered include delegation, empowerment and giving and receiving feedback. Registration or an Athens username is needed – but if you work in Social Services and don’t already have one, you can request one from Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS).
  • Evaluation participation A guide and toolkit for health and social care practitioners.
  • Scottish Co-production Network The Scottish Co-production Network provides a locus for the sharing of learning and the exchange of co-production practice.

Examples from Practice

What Others Say

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James McKillop - Scottish Dementia Working Group

"They spoke of how good leaders enable others and empower them so they don’t feel helpless."

(Enabling Leadership Research, 2016, p21)

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