Leadership theories used in healthcare have been developed for general business settings and applied to healthcare. But the complexity of an healthcare organization is unparalleled to any other business as it can be categorized with multiple groups, further subdivided into disease areas, with different goals and disciplines. Hence, the role of leadership and management is much more crucial in the healthcare industry as managing intergroup and intra group conflicts and motivating the whole organization, irrespective of the group or sub group any individual employee belong to, to go ahead and work for the unified organization’s goals, and manage and utilize organization’s resources properly is a herculean task in itself.
Transformational and collaborative leadership styles hence suit best to the healthcare organization structures. The main focus of the leadership in the organization should be on conflict management. Shared and distributed leadership are the need of the hour due to globalization. Globalization and increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce are increasing the complexity of the organizations, and hence change management, diversity management, and maintaining a sound equilibrium between the organizations and functional goals is a must in healthcare.
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