Medicine's need for leadership

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

Thoughts of leadership are more likely to embarrass than inspire a doctor. Medicine seems to have problems with leadership, often appointing or electing compromise candidates to institutions that are designed to be hard to lead. Doctors' difficulties with leadership probably stem from them being trained to work as individuals and to value highly their independence and autonomy. They think about patients rather than systems–and for most of what they do that is right. But problems with leadership may account for why worldwide there is a sense that doctors …

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