Abstracts: October 25th, 1999

Walmsley HPeople Management, (UK), 8 Apr 1999 Vol 5 No 7. Start page: 48. No of  pages: 3

Explains the need for managers to adapt their management styles if they want to empower their employees. Uses the example of an empowerment initiative at Bupa (the private UK health care organization) hospitals, focusing on the changes needed in the management style of the general manager at one of the hospitals. Underlines the need for managers to develop flexibility within their management style. Outlines how this was achieved at Bupa, describing the assessment and development offered to managers to help them develop a more supportive and facilitative management style. Discusses the need to balance this facilitative management style with the managers’ leadership role to make sure that the two do not conflict. Points out that a management style which empowers people need not necessarily preclude using an authoritarian management style – giving employees guidance as well as support.

Subject(s): MANAGEMENT STYLES, EMPOWERMENT, SKILLS, MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP, BUPA, HEALTH CARE, UNITED KINGDOM

Database: HRMA: Human Resource Management Abstracts

Style: Theoretical with application in practice

ISSN: 1358-6297. Reference: 28AM229

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