The challenges 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:
The challenges of leadership

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This chapter explores the challenges of leadership which concern the principal purposes, goals or aims that leaders and leadership attempt to address. These challenges are crucial to leadership and it can be argued that ‘the primary task’ or public value goals of leadership are central to understanding leadership effectiveness, although not all leadership studies address this question of purpose. The interest in ‘new leadership’ (charismatic leadership, transformational leadership) brought the value of ‘vision’ back into leadership studies. In fact, the purposes of leadership often go beyond vision into the goals, values and aims of leadership. The complex context of healthcare makes this a particularly fertile site for the exploration and contestation of purposes by different stakeholders.

Keywords: sense-making; leadership effectiveness; leading organisations; leadership studies; healthcare; leadership value

Chapter.  7741 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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