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Leadership for healthcare$
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Jean Hartley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424877

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424877.001.0001

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Characteristics of leadership

Characteristics of leadership

(p.25) Chapter 3 Characteristics of leadership
Leadership for healthcare

Jean Hartley

John Benington

Policy Press

This chapter examines the characteristics of leadership — the roles and resources, including power resources, which are available to the leadership. The chapter explores how far and why formal and informal leadership roles and processes are similar or different; whether direct (face-to-face) leadership and indirect leadership (operating through a chain of command or distributed network) are distinctive; and the impact of different sources of legitimacy (expertise, democratic election and so on). The characteristics of leadership are also shaped by the organisational and inter-organisational conditions that may support, enhance or limit leadership. In addition, the discussion explores how far the leadership of interorganisational networks is similar to, or different from, the leadership of discrete organizations.

Keywords:   formal leadership, informal leadership, organisational leadership, direct leadership, indirect leadership

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