Empowerment, Thoughts

Empowerment, what is it really?

Empowerment. Some say it’s a buzz word, but I (and so many others I know) have been using it for almost a decade, so perhaps it’s here to stay.  I have a weird relationship with the word. I used to say ‘I empower people. I empower staff. I empower communities’. And people loved it. It egged me on. It made me feel good. Until one day, someone who was much wiser than myself said to me ‘Sally, you don’t empower people. You create an empowering environment.’ And that stuck with me. It changed  ...

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