Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the nature of leadership in the current context where the crisis in global capitalism seems to be encouraging a mechanistic approach to the management of healthcare. The paper urges an holistic leadership ethos to encourage an holistic approach to care and treatment. Design/methodology/approach – The paper utilises an extensive overview of the leadership literature, and also used practical examples of care and leadership practice. Findings – Care and capability need to be partners, but concern has been expressed at all levels of society that a reductionist model is being implemented in many caring professions. Practical implications – The implications for leadership are that one of the most vital current requirements is to encourage a spirit‐filled leadership at all levels in the organisations that provide care. Originality/value – The paper addresses the issue that leadership can never be a purely intellectual or emotional activity, it must combine all aspects of the person in an holistic approach.
The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 15, 2013
Keywords: Leadership; Competence; People; Self‐awareness; Spirit
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