The capabilities 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 capabilities of leadership

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This chapter examines leadership capabilities. These are the qualities (traits, skills, abilities, mindsets and behaviours) that are thought to distinguish ‘leaders’ from ‘followers’ and/or to contribute to successful or effective leadership. The chapter explores a variety of frameworks, from trait and style theory to behaviour theory and competency frameworks, and looks at this not only in terms of individuals but also of groups such as teams, boards and partnerships. The discussion explores in more depth recent interest in emotional intelligence and leadership with political awareness, before looking at the evidence about popular transformational and transactional leadership theory, and then post-transformational theory.

Keywords: leadership capabilities; post-transformational leadership; effective leadership; style theory; behaviour theory; emotional intelligence; political awareness

Chapter.  6471 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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