Leadership in Healthcare
Join us at our Annual Leadership Seminar on Thursday 7 September 2017
The importance of effective leadership in healthcare has been emphasised by a number of authors over the course of several years and nursing leadership is pivotal to this given that nurses represent the largest discipline in healthcare.
Research on leadership has demonstrated a positive relationship with improved patient safety outcomes, healthy work environments; job satisfaction; lower turnover rates; and positive outcomes for organizations, patients, and health care providers. While it is true that healthcare leaders face many challenges during the course of their work the need for improved leadership is a well-recognised fact. Making leadership a priority at all levels of healthcare and a core outcome of every healthcare provider have been identified by authors such as Ahmed et al. (2015).
Dr Elizabeth A. Curtis
Lead – Leadership Network Group
How is this to be achieved?
Healthcare professionals are among some of the most talented and highly educated employees in this country and drawing on these talents and knowledge is essential to improving leadership and standards of care. Staff must be able to fulfil their potential and given opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge. Additionally and most importantly, leadership must involve everyone rather than just a few.
While it is essential to have effective leaders in key positions, the most productive type of leadership is distributive in nature.
This form of leadership moves away from the attributes and behaviours of ‘the individual’ as leader to a perspective that embraces a collective process where many individuals have the opportunity to participate in leadership. Moving away from leadership that centres on a single person (leader-centric view) is supported in the literature by authors such as by Chreim & MacNaughton (2016) and Benson & Blackman (2011). These authors have been critical of research that examined leadership which emphasises individual leaders and the characteristics/features of leadership and have urged researchers to focus instead on distributed leadership and leadership practices.
Calls for leadership to become a core element of professional training starting at undergraduate level would no doubt help to stem the traditional view of reserving leadership education for senior staff. However, it is also necessary to provide further education and training for staff who have already qualified and are working in healthcare facilities. This leadership seminar is a useful way of getting this process started.The leadership seminar has been an annual event in the School’s calendar for the past eight years and once again I wish to invite you to join us on 7 September 2017 for a series of excellent presentations.