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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety$
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Elizabeth Haxby, David Hunter, and Siân Jaggar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.001.0001

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Leadership

Leadership

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(p.445) Chapter 50 Leadership
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An Introduction to Clinical Governance and Patient Safety
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Nelson Phillips

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558612.003.0050

This chapter discusses leadership in healthcare. Effective leadership in a clinical setting is associated with a range of positive outcomes including better patient outcomes, fewer errors, more innovation, and lower stress among team members. However, clinicians face challenges when taking up leadership roles due to a general lack of enthusiasm for the task, a lack of training and support, and the problems of leading peers who are notoriously bad followers. Numerous theories and frameworks are available for understanding leadership. Transformational leadership and emotional intelligence are two of the most useful approaches to leadership and leadership development in healthcare.

Keywords:   healthcare practice, effective leadership, physicians, transformational leadership, emotional intelligence

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