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Exploring leadership in the context of dentistry in the UK

Exploring leadership in the context of dentistry in the UK PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore selective leadership approaches in the context of dentistry in the UK.Design/methodology/approachThis is a conceptual paper utilising published sources from relevant literature about leadership theory and practice and the policy background to dentistry in the UK.FindingsThis paper suggests that there is merit in identifying and applying an eclectic mix of leadership theory to the case of dentistry. It offers insight into individual aspects of the leadership role for dentists and applies this to the dental context. It also contrasts these individual approaches with shared leadership and suggests this may also be relevant to dentistry. It highlights the fact that leadership will be of growing concern for dentistry in the light of recent policy changes.Research limitations/implicationsThis paper points out that there are developmental implications depending on the particular approach taken. It argues that leadership development will become increasingly important in dentistry in the UK.Originality/valueThis paper addresses a topic that has so far received limited attention in the literature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leadership in Health Services Emerald Publishing

Exploring leadership in the context of dentistry in the UK

Leadership in Health Services , Volume 29 (2): 16 – May 3, 2016

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1751-1879
DOI
10.1108/LHS-02-2016-0009
pmid
27198707
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore selective leadership approaches in the context of dentistry in the UK.Design/methodology/approachThis is a conceptual paper utilising published sources from relevant literature about leadership theory and practice and the policy background to dentistry in the UK.FindingsThis paper suggests that there is merit in identifying and applying an eclectic mix of leadership theory to the case of dentistry. It offers insight into individual aspects of the leadership role for dentists and applies this to the dental context. It also contrasts these individual approaches with shared leadership and suggests this may also be relevant to dentistry. It highlights the fact that leadership will be of growing concern for dentistry in the light of recent policy changes.Research limitations/implicationsThis paper points out that there are developmental implications depending on the particular approach taken. It argues that leadership development will become increasingly important in dentistry in the UK.Originality/valueThis paper addresses a topic that has so far received limited attention in the literature.

Journal

Leadership in Health ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 3, 2016

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