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A systematic review of behavioral outcomes for leadership interventions among health professionals


Cleary, M and Kornhaber, R and Thapa, DK and West, S and Visentin, D, A systematic review of behavioral outcomes for leadership interventions among health professionals, Journal of Nursing Research, 28, (5) Article e118. ISSN 1682-3141 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1097/JNR.0000000000000397


Background: Healthcare requires effective leadership to improve patient outcomes, manage change, and achieve organizational goals.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate interventions aimed at improving leadership behavior in health professionals.

Methods: A systematic literature review of key databases (PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, and Scopus) was performed in September 2018. Data were extracted and synthesized.

Results: Thirty-three articles from 31 studies met the inclusion criteria. Self-reported leadership behavior showed a significant postprogram improvement. Objective observations were more likely to show improved leadership behavior than subjective observations. Face-to-face delivery of leadership development was more effective than online delivery. Interventions incorporating the elements of personal development planning, self-directed learning, workplace-based learning, and reflection were more likely to develop leadership behavior.

Conclusions/implications for practice: Leadership interventions had a beneficial effect on the leadership behaviors of participants based on both subjective and objective changes in behavior. In addition to focusing on individual skill development, interventions that aim to develop leadership should consider the organizational, social, cultural, and political contexts in which behavioral change is expected. Workplace-based learning should be included in program development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health professionals, leadership, leadership interventions, program development, systematic review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing workforce
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Thapa, DK (Mr Deependra Thapa)
UTAS Author:West, S (Dr Sancia West)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
ID Code:140833
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2020-09-11
Last Modified:2021-03-18
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