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Leadership in Health Care

Leadership in Health Care

Fourth Edition
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March 2019 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This new and updated fourth edition responds to the ever-growing importance of leadership to a healthcare professional's role today by introducing you to the key skills needed to become an effective and inspiring healthcare leader, whatever level you are working at. Designed to guide you through a structured approach to improving your leadership and management skills, this book uses case studies, practical examples, and reflective questions to help you engage with every aspect of leadership. From teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, to emotional intelligence, critical self-reflection, and quality of care.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Updated to incorporate the latest NMC Standards of proficiency for nurses
  • A new chapter on Ethical, Legal and Professional Aspects in Leadership
  • Online resources for teaching and learning, including videos, journal articles, web links, and multiple-choice questions

Suitable for all professions allied to medicine, including students of adult, mental health, children and learning disability nursing and midwifery, as well as nursing associates, specialist community public health nurses, physician associates, paramedic sciences, and more.

Part One: The Individual
Chapter One: The Nature of Leadership
Chapter Two: What Makes a Leader?
Chapter Three: Culture, Diversity and Values
Chapter Four: Theories of Leadership
Part Two: The Team
Chapter Five: Team Life
Chapter Six: Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Working
Chapter Seven: Communication and Leadership
Chapter Eight: Problem-Solving
Chapter Nine: Ethical, Legal and Professional Aspects in Leadership
Chapter Ten: Managing Conflict
Chapter Eleven: Emotional Intelligence
Part Three: The Organisation
Chapter Twelve: Theory of Organisational Life
Chapter Thirteen: Quality
Chapter Fourteen: Leadership for Change


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For Students:

  • Links to journal articles for each chapter
  • Videos on all aspects of leadership covered in the book
  • Weblinks directing the reader to relevant resources and exercises

For Lecturers

  • Multiple Choice Questions per chapter, written by the book’s editors

Barr and Dowding’s 4th edition offers a well-structured and comprehensive experience for health professionals and students wishing to consolidate, or further develop and apply their leadership skills to clinical practice. The book covers important elements of leadership from exploring the nature and theory of leadership, through ethical, legal and professional aspects before arriving at leadership for change. Along the way, diversity, conflict, emotional intelligence and organisational life, among others, are encountered in a book that is enriched by case studies and reflective activities.

This new edition will encourage students and health professionals to develop keen self-awareness about what it means to be an effective leader in health care.

Dr Sue Gledhill, Academic, ACU, Australia

A refreshingly readable, engaging, comprehensive review of contemporary leadership in healthcare. I will be recommending this book to both aspiring and experienced healthcare leaders on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It is clearly written, logically structured and addresses complex issues in an accessible, personable manner.

Julie Crane, Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool

Comprehensive text book that offers contemporary discussion of leadership related issues in health and social care. I have submitted a request for the book to our Library.

Ms Angela Woods
Dept of Health & Social Studies, Bolton University
February 24, 2020

Excellent Book - highly recommended. Straight forward approach with extremely relevant examples that help build understanding and confidence within the field of healthcare leadership.

Mr Shaun Kershaw
Petroc, Petroc College
November 30, 2020

It is very beneficiary my course. My students find it very useful and easy to follow.

Healthcare Management, Istınye University
December 11, 2019

It is very beneficiary for my course. My students find it very useful and easy to follow.

Healthcare Management, Istınye University
December 11, 2019

Important for future leaders in all health care positions

Dr Agnes Van den Hoogen
Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University
March 9, 2020

This is a very relevant text for Health Visiting students as leadership is a key aspect of their role. The inclusion of case studies and activities are particularly welcome as they encourage engagement with the content and application to practice.

Mrs Alison Hackett
Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport , Stirling University
July 3, 2020

Leadership is a module within our specialist practice course. Using the previous edition this book has been adopted and added to students essential reading list

Mrs Lisa Clarke
Faculty of education, health and wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
July 23, 2019