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Leadership concepts

Jean Hartley and John Benington

in Leadership for healthcare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424877
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302667 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424877.003.0002
Leadership concepts

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This chapter examines the different concepts that are used to define and explain leadership, noting that the definition of leadership influences the ways in which leadership behaviours, processes and outcomes are viewed. The different approaches to leadership taken by different authors have an impact on the questions and the use of evidence about leadership. Different concepts mean that different authors emphasise particular features of leadership while downplaying other aspects. Some authors do not define what they mean by leadership in their studies, which leads to a haze of conceptual ambiguity. The discussion also considers perspectives on leadership, the personal qualities of the leader, leadership as a position, leadership as a social process and management.

Keywords: leadership behaviours; leadership concepts; management; leadership perspectives

Chapter.  3618 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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