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Taking a Closer Look at the Empowerment-Performance Relationship: Evidence from Law Enforcement Organizations

Published Date June 25, 2018
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Abstract

This article examines the influence of empowering leadership practices on police officers' job performance, perceptions of managerial effectiveness, and unit performance. These relationships are examined using multisource survey data collected from 100 law enforcement managers, 446 of their subordinates, and 98 of their direct supervisors. The analysis shows that empowering leadership contributes positively to subordinate officers' job performance and unit effectiveness. Empowering leadership is also positively associated with subordinate but not with supervisor ratings of managerial effectiveness. Task-oriented leadership, however, is positively associated with both subordinate and supervisor ratings of managerial effectiveness. Implications of these results for managerial leadership in law enforcement organizations are discussed.

Hassan, S., Park, J., & Raadschelders, J. (2019). Taking a Closer Look at the Empowerment Performance Relationship: Evidence from Law Enforcement Organizations. Public Administration Review, 79, 427- 438.