Misconceiving medical leadership

Parker, Malcolm (2013) Misconceiving medical leadership. Perspectives in Medicine and Biology, 56 3: 387-406. doi:10.1353/pbm.2013.0027

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Author Parker, Malcolm
Title Misconceiving medical leadership
Journal name Perspectives in Medicine and Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-5982
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1353/pbm.2013.0027
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 56
Issue 3
Start page 387
End page 406
Total pages 20
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Medical leadership and leadership education have recently emerged as subjects of an expanding though as yet uncritical literature. Considerable attention is being given to the development of courses and electives, together with some proposals for generalizing these offerings to all medical students and doctors. This article briefly sketches this development and its derivation from business and corporate leadership models and accompanying literature, and subjects its adoption by medicine to critical scrutiny. Putative motivations for these developments are discussed, and an alternative explanation is offered, tied to the loss of physician status. The nature of leadership as complex, emergent, and unpredictable has been ignored in the promotion of medical leadership and leadership training, and this is reflected in the false assumption that leadership in medicine is something that can be taught. Although the leadership literature is beginning to recognize these complex aspects of leadership, so far their implications have not been acknowledged. This article aims to stimulate further analytic discussion of this under-theorized aspect of medicine.
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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Created: Fri, 17 Jan 2014, 18:28:44 EST by Dr Malcolm Parker on behalf of School of Medicine