The Left Atrium
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?
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 —
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