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Follow the leader? A viewpoint on the exercise of leadership

Follow the leader? A viewpoint on the exercise of leadership Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a viewpoint on the exercise of leadership. Design/methodology/approach – This paper provides a view on the author's experience of exercising leadership as Leader of the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Department in Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (in England). Findings – The author argues that leadership is as much intuition as science and considers how courageous leadership coupled with sound management can transform a service. A paradigm shift is proposed and its impact on various dimensions of the service is considered. Finally, but fundamentally, it is suggested that services need to re‐orientate themselves radically around the hopes and aspirations of those they purport to serve. They need to start doing things with people rather than to them. Originality/value – This viewpoint provides insights relevant to anyone leading a small team within a large organisation or exercising organisation‐wide leadership. It will be particularly helpful to leaders seeking to find the answers in very turbulent times when the way ahead is far from clear. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services Emerald Publishing

Follow the leader? A viewpoint on the exercise of leadership

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1747-9886
DOI
10.1108/17479881111160159
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a viewpoint on the exercise of leadership. Design/methodology/approach – This paper provides a view on the author's experience of exercising leadership as Leader of the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Department in Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (in England). Findings – The author argues that leadership is as much intuition as science and considers how courageous leadership coupled with sound management can transform a service. A paradigm shift is proposed and its impact on various dimensions of the service is considered. Finally, but fundamentally, it is suggested that services need to re‐orientate themselves radically around the hopes and aspirations of those they purport to serve. They need to start doing things with people rather than to them. Originality/value – This viewpoint provides insights relevant to anyone leading a small team within a large organisation or exercising organisation‐wide leadership. It will be particularly helpful to leaders seeking to find the answers in very turbulent times when the way ahead is far from clear.

Journal

The International Journal of Leadership in Public ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 18, 2011

Keywords: Leadership; Transformation; Service delivery; Team working; Organisational change

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