Created on 2016-10-13 19:32
Published on 2016-10-13 20:09
Delighted to provide a lecture session to participants on the Masters in Applied Social Studies at Queen’s University on ‘Strategy, Leadership and the Psychology of Employee Empowerment’.
Participants were practice managers as well and were eager to learn about employee empowerment and my findings around this subject, particularly with regards to the ‘people-oriented’ leadership style from Huq’s Model D (Huq, 2015). This particular style of leadership fits well with an employee empowerment culture and in my book (Huq, 2015) I have explained what makes a ‘people-oriented’ leader, their behaviours and characteristics.
Participants did a workshop after lunch and it was highly interactive. There were in-depth discussions and group suggestions were excellent! They were divided into two groups and given choice to choose their topic and title for the workshop from my morning teaching session. I was delighted both groups chose topics from my ‘framework for implementing employee empowerment’ – Huq’s Model D.
Group 1 decided:
“Opportunities and obstacles of power-sharing, devolution of responsibility and access to information within our organisation”.
Group 2 decided:
“Challenges and opportunities of being people-oriented leaders within our organisation”.
Participants were immersed in their discussions and I put up all their answers and suggestions on the flip chart and the workshop discussion further enhanced learning and gave participants opportunity to reflect on their morning session. The two groups also forwarded their suggestions to each other, which further strengthened their learning. The workshop discussions also gave me an opportunity to get an understanding of what they learnt.
Participants remarked that they will definitely try and apply some of what they learned back into their workplace, which is brilliant! I enjoyed teaching this group and appreciated their enthusiastic discussions.
I would like to thank Dr John Devaney (School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work), Queen’s University, for giving me the opportunity to teach from my book and the findings from my research. This is a tremendous pleasure and privilege!
Thank you for reading, until the next Huq Post …
© Dr Rozana Huq, March 2016.
Huq, Rozana A. (2015) The Psychology of Employee Empowerment. Concepts, Critical Themes and a Framework for Implementation. Routledge, UK.
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