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The enactment of dynamic leadership


Greenfield, D, The enactment of dynamic leadership, Leadership in Health Services, 20, (3) pp. 159-168. ISSN 1751-1887 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1108/17511870710764014


Purpose The purpose of this paper is to empirically examine how clinical team leadership can facilitate a collaborative team and, in doing so, drive change in a health service. Design/methodology/approach Ethnographic field work was conducted with a clinical team, comprised of 13 health professionals, in community health, in Sydney Australia. Utilising semi-structured interviews, data were collected and then analysed using Goleman's leadership typology as an analytic lens. Findings Leadership can facilitate a team to realise high levels of collaboration, trust and respect. This creates an environment in which collective learning and increased responsibility thrives. Together, these elements enable front-line staff to take ownership of their services, to integrate the organising and delivery of services, and, in doing so, improve health care practice. Research limitations/implications The leadership empirically observed here confirms qualities, behaviours and approaches that have been argued as important in the literature. Practical implications For health professionals in a clinical team leadership role Goleman's typology can be instructive. Many leaders in complex health care organisations are engaged in, and needing to respond to, unfolding situations to ensure positive improvement. At such times the typology offers a range of leadership styles to draw upon. Originality/value The application of the typology to health care clinical team leadership is a new development. © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Dynamic Leadership
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:111338
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2016-09-08
Last Modified:2017-05-17

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