For most adults, learning can have high stakes: professionally, personally and emotionally. Empowerment is key to learning process. Learners must feel confident in their capacity to learn and become proficient in their new skills and knowledge to have the courage to risk the learning process.
Here are the articles I found in my del.icio.us favorites list that include the tag "Empowerment."
From the "Making Change" blog: Four ways to move your learners from clueless to confident
From the "Leading as Enabling" blog :Learning versus thinking hard
By Andy Hargreaves of Boston College: Seven Principles of Sustainable Leadership