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Values in managerialism and leadership

Values in managerialism and leadership Purpose – It is essential that healthcare leaders and managers recognise the importance of values; how they relate to the delivery of healthcare to patients as well as shape individual, professional and organisational practice. This paper attempts to address these issues. Design/methodology/approach – The paper considers the concepts of values, managerialism and leadership in the present climate of rapid change, financial austerity, quality improvement and the drive towards patient‐centred care. It discusses a number of values‐based academic and professional standards, models and policy‐drivers to inform effective leadership and management for the improvement of healthcare delivery. Findings – Shared values, when underpinned by an emphasis on patient care, can empower relationships between professions, providers and commissioners and advance discussions about priorities beyond a focus on morals and politics towards issues of shared goals and strategy implementation. Originality/value – This paper bridges the gap between theory and practice and will appeal to leaders and managers irrespective of background or seniority. It offers a clear review of key issues, theories and practice skills which support effective values‐based leadership and management in healthcare settings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1747-9886
DOI
10.1108/17479881111160096
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Abstract

Purpose – It is essential that healthcare leaders and managers recognise the importance of values; how they relate to the delivery of healthcare to patients as well as shape individual, professional and organisational practice. This paper attempts to address these issues. Design/methodology/approach – The paper considers the concepts of values, managerialism and leadership in the present climate of rapid change, financial austerity, quality improvement and the drive towards patient‐centred care. It discusses a number of values‐based academic and professional standards, models and policy‐drivers to inform effective leadership and management for the improvement of healthcare delivery. Findings – Shared values, when underpinned by an emphasis on patient care, can empower relationships between professions, providers and commissioners and advance discussions about priorities beyond a focus on morals and politics towards issues of shared goals and strategy implementation. Originality/value – This paper bridges the gap between theory and practice and will appeal to leaders and managers irrespective of background or seniority. It offers a clear review of key issues, theories and practice skills which support effective values‐based leadership and management in healthcare settings.

Journal

The International Journal of Leadership in Public ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: May 18, 2011

Keywords: Values; Management; Leadership; Ethics; Professionalism; Healthcare

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