Needed: transformational leaders

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:e

Effective organisations, argue David Pendleton and Jennifer King, have strong values (p 1352). Successful leaders help organisations articulate their values and live by them. These two thoughts are very important in the context of the National Health Service, which has flourished because of its strong values but is now experiencing a crisis—partly through clashes over values and lack of leadership.

Pendleton and King define values as “deeply held views that act as guiding principles for individuals and organisations.” Trust flows from their being stated and followed. If they are stated and not followed then …

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