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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

The Fourth Edition of Leadership in Healthcare responds to the ever-growing importance of leadership to a healthcare professional's role today and includes updated content to reflect the new guidelines set out in the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards.

The need for leadership in an everyday context is highlighted throughout the book with reference to both theory and practice. There are case studies, practical examples, reflective questions and even anecdotes from the authors' own experience, showing students the potential and application of leadership. There are also activities that enable students to engage with every facet of leadership, as it connects to topics such as team-work, communication, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, critical self-reflection and quality of care. 

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • A new chapter on Ethical, Legal and Professional Aspects in Leadership
  • Content updates in-line with the 2018 NMC Standards, the new NMC code, and Revalidation.

The book is supported by online resources for both students and lecturers, including videos, journal articles, web links, and multiple-choice questions.

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

I did not recieve the copy. I have just ordered another copy for review

Gaye Clark
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University - Cairns Campus
May 26, 2020

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
December 10, 2019

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

Healthcare Management, Istınye University
April 17, 2019

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

Healthcare Management, Istınye University
March 13, 2019

Important for future leaders in all health care positions

Dr Agnes Van den Hoogen
Faculty of Social & Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University
January 21, 2019

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
January 21, 2019

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
January 21, 2019

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