Looking beyond tasks to develop flexible leadership.

Barton, Adrian and Johns, Nick and Magee, Sally (2017) Looking beyond tasks to develop flexible leadership. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 23 (03). pp. 225-230. ISSN 1358-0574

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Abstract

There is a determination within health and social care to make leaders and leadership better and more able to face the challenges presented by an ever-changing social, political and organisational landscape. However, this determination is not without difficulties, especially the challenge of changing existing work place culture and climate. This paper reports on the findings of an evaluation of a leadership development programme delivered to senior leaders in health and social care. It uses qualitative data to demonstrate that even in a safe and risk-free environment health and social care leaders approached a hypothetical scenario in a defensive, hierarchical and expert-led manner and only after they were given ‘expert’ permission to change leadership style did they act collectively and seek to adopt a transformational style of leadership.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership, Change, Task-oriented, Flexibility, Organisational culture
Subjects: L Social studies > L431 Health policy
N Business & administrative studies > N215 Organisational development
N Business & administrative studies > N612 Staff development
Depositing User: Adrian Barton
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 08:01
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 07:32
URI: http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/517

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