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Characteristics of leadership

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/9781847424877.003.0003
Characteristics of leadership

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This chapter examines the characteristics of leadership — the roles and resources, including power resources, which are available to the leadership. The chapter explores how far and why formal and informal leadership roles and processes are similar or different; whether direct (face-to-face) leadership and indirect leadership (operating through a chain of command or distributed network) are distinctive; and the impact of different sources of legitimacy (expertise, democratic election and so on). The characteristics of leadership are also shaped by the organisational and inter-organisational conditions that may support, enhance or limit leadership. In addition, the discussion explores how far the leadership of interorganisational networks is similar to, or different from, the leadership of discrete organizations.

Keywords: formal leadership; informal leadership; organisational leadership; direct leadership; indirect leadership

Chapter.  5107 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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