Intended for healthcare professionals


Doctors as leaders

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 21 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1555

Don’t Forget The Disaffected

Professional leadership is an oxymoron. Professionals, such as doctors and
lawyers, are trained to be passive, compliant followers, who reflexively accept
and promote the party line. Moreover, professions tend to dismiss, ostracize,
and marginalize disaffected members, who challenge the prevailing ideology
and policies. This is counter-productive because art and science advance by
dissension, as well as consensus. So let’s stop cloning the status quo, and
instead let’s promote real progress by including the disaffected.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

13 May 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA