This is the journey that Jill Barr and [Lesley Dowding] take readers on in Leadership in Health Care. While carefully dissecting all the boundaries of leadership and team-based management, the authors systematically present a skill base that most mistake as a natural gift. The reader receives a complete overview of how to apply leadership at the individual, team and organizational levels directly to a health care setting.The most constructive of the 3 organized parts is the one covering the individual. Here, the authors guide the reader in discovering their own leadership style, while analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. This is achieved by challenging the reader to probe his or her own personality via multiple models. This allows one to anatomize one's approach in the leadership role and reflect on the leaders in one's own life.
The Left Atrium Book review Poem To boldly lead To his violin Leadership in Health Care I found you, abandoned Jill Barr and Lesley Dowding in the attic of my boyhood home, SAGE Publications Ltd; 2008 your broken bridge, rusting strings 260 pp $44.95 ISBN 978-1412920681 a testimony to disregard. When had you last sung? T he role of health care practi- In what year did he tioners is to provide patients last hold you with advice and guidance in his loving hands? about health and disease. This is what it means to be a teacher; this is what it Can you sing me a song means to be a leader. of my lost father, For health practitioners however, of the times you had together — SAGE Publications leadership does not stop at the patient the long dead maestro, encounter. Leadership extends into of- fice management, practice building and you, his prima donna. inter-professional interaction; into team- When did he last place you based management and synergistic out- in your case, comes. Leadership extends into the aca- This allows one to anatomize one’s ap- where you have waited demic and collegial atmosphere creating proach in the leadership role and reflect opportunities for mentorship, profes- on the leaders in one’s own life. in aging velvet sional advancement and continuing edu- A major strength of the text is the until gently lifted cation. It promotes research, produces prevailing theme of personal reflection. from that grave resting place, guidelines, and demands consistency of Information is frequently offered in and I stroked your strings. care. In short, leadership prevents a contextualized questions, which allow stagnant profession. the reader to immediately use and so- If I were to raise your frayed bow Throughout history, the health profes- lidify what they have learned. In addi- touch so l
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