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Leadership, thought diversity, and the influence of groupthink


Cleary, M and Lees, D and Sayers, J, Leadership, thought diversity, and the influence of groupthink, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 40, (8) pp. 731-733. ISSN 0161-2840 (2019) [Non Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2019.1604050


Effective decision-making underpins mental health nurses’ capacity for providing person-centred, evidenced-based care. Whilst team environments have the potential to support effective decision-making, poor decision-making can occur when busy individuals, eager to please others, enable group consensus to pervade at the expense of thoughtful debate, reflection and negotiation. The promulgation of such ‘groupthink’ may negatively impact care. In this column, the concept of groupthink is explored and its impacts considered. Strategies for tackling groupthink are proposed in order to support effective leadership, thought diversity and the achievement of organisational and team goals.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:leadership, thought diversity, group think
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental health nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Lees, D (Dr David Lees)
UTAS Author:Sayers, J (Dr Jan Sayers)
ID Code:133098
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-06-11
Last Modified:2022-07-06

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