Empowerment is the idea of providing people with more responsibility for how they do their job. It’s concerned with more participation in decision making. Empowerment is an approach to improve efficiency and make better use of each individual’s contribution. It means synergy- the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts.
Richard Carver, a specialist, has described empowerment, in terms of motivating and permitting people to take personal responsibilty for enhancing the way they do their work and contribute to the organisation’s goals and objectives. It needs the development of a culture, which both motivates people at all levels to feel they can really make a difference and enables them to acquire the confidence and skills to accomplish this.
As stated by Nancy Foy “Empowerment is just gaining the strength to make your voice heard, to help with plans and judgements which affect you, to apply your skills at work to increase your performance and with it the efficiency of your whole organisation”.
According to David Clutterbuck empowerment is, “Finding new methods to concentrate power in the hands of those who require it most to get the job done- putting authority, responsibility, resources and rights at the most suitable level for each task”.