LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, MANAGERS AND RESEARCHERS July 2008 Commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Service Delivery and Organization (SDO) Programme Professor Jean Hartley with Dr Jane Martin Professor John Benington Institute of Governance and Public Management (IGPM) Warwick Business … The Ecology of Healthcare.- 3. Interviews with 22 prominent leaders in health were also conducted, Leadership has long been a feature of educational, business, industry, military and medical or health service debate. The Role of Leaders: The Importance of Leadership.- 4. The health care sector is characterised by constant reforms aimed at the efficient delivery of safe, effective, and high-quality care. Leading in the Health Sector: Research and Practice.- 5. They motivate others to work with them to achieve difficult goals. This chapter attempts to define leadership. The Healthcare Leadership Model is made up of nine ‘leadership dimensions’, each of which has its own page in this document. Effective leadership is required to lead and drive changes at all levels of the health system to actualise the goals of the ongoing reforms in health care organisations. They are also strong advocates for change within their communities, pushing for change even when it is not acceptable or palatable. There is a brief description of what the dimension is about and why it is important, and a section that says ‘what it is not’ to provide further clarity. Leadership Capability Through Personal Insight and Leadership Identity.- 7. Leadership can be a vexed and convoluted concept and it is commonly seen as linked to theories of management and associated with elevated hierarchical positions and power. a survey was conducted across 65 countries, touching upon various components of leadership for health, ranging from the make-up of teams and organizational culture, to the use of evidence and the role of a guiding vision. With this insight, healthcare companies can develop meaningful leader development strategies, take steps to build the capability of people in key roles, and begin to grow the leadership capacity of the organization. Leadership gaps—the disparities between leadership priorities and current skills—provide valuable information. A Model for Health Sector Leadership.- 6. Leadership matters. health, leadership has prioritized this work. There is zero chance of any business actually achieving its goals without the benefit of great leaders. This is especially true in the healthcare industry, according to the Joint Commission, because healthcare organizations represent a system of processes, people, and other resources that must be led effectively to achieve the desired outcome of high-quality, safe patient care. Since the outcome-based indicators relate directly to the functioning of other health system “building blocks”, only the rules-based indicators for measuring health system governance are discussed in this section. Leadership in Dynamic and Diverse Health Sector Organisations.- 2. Transformational leaders act as role models by demonstrating the change they want to see. For health systems, examples may include the availability of essential medicines in health facilities or the absenteeism of health workers. 6.