Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Healthcare Leadership Programs Give Results

Date:
January 22, 2009
Source:
Karolinska Institutet
Summary:
Intensive courses and group coaching sessions strengthen managers, doctors and medical students in their role as leaders, according to a new doctoral thesis. The thesis evaluates two of the most common methods of leadership development in the Swedish healthcare services.

Intensive courses and group coaching sessions strengthen managers, doctors and medical students in their role as leaders, according to a new doctoral thesis from Karolinska Institutet. The thesis evaluates two of the most common methods of leadership development in the Swedish healthcare services.

Doctors and managers working in the healthcare services need support and supervision if they are to handle their different leadership roles. However, there is often a lack of evaluations able to identify the forms of leadership development that are the most effective in practice.

For his doctoral thesis, senior physician David Bergman evaluated and compared two common approaches to leadership development in the Swedish healthcare system: Intensive leadership courses and group coaching, through which leadership skills are developed over a longer period under the supervision.

The coaching groups studied comprised 60 doctors, who underwent supervised coaching for two years, while the intensive courses were aimed at medical students and lasted a week. A leadership programme for managers consisting of a week’s intensive course and a 1 to 2-year group development programme was also studied. All the studies were conducted at Sφdersjukhuset, one of the main hospitals in Stockholm.

The evaluations, which were carried out with the help of questionnaires and focus group interviews, shows that the participants state that the methods complement each other and strengthen different facets of leadership.

The results suggest that long-term leadership development groups can enhance managers’ perception of structure in their leadership role, support leadership development within their organizational context, reduce negative informal hierarchies, expose gender aspects in an organisation, facilitate the establishment of a learning organisation, and improve the working environment. Intensive courses improve participants’ self-awareness and understanding of the importance of their own leadership, and support learning as regards group dynamics, development and communication.

“Intensive leadership courses should be made available as a first step to current and future healthcare leaders,” says Dr Bergman. “They should then be followed by group coaching sessions over a longer period to support the participants’ leadership skills in their day-to-day work.”

Doctoral thesis: Leadership development: A comparative evaluation of short-term and long-term programmes in Swedish health care, David Bergman, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME), Karolinska Institutet.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Karolinska Institutet. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Karolinska Institutet. "Healthcare Leadership Programs Give Results." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 January 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090122080937.htm>.
Karolinska Institutet. (2009, January 22). Healthcare Leadership Programs Give Results. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 1, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090122080937.htm
Karolinska Institutet. "Healthcare Leadership Programs Give Results." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090122080937.htm (accessed September 1, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Monday, September 1, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Get on Your Bike! London Cycling Popularity Soars Despite Danger

Get on Your Bike! London Cycling Popularity Soars Despite Danger

AFP (Sep. 1, 2014) — Wedged between buses, lorries and cars, cycling in London isn't for the faint hearted. Nevertheless the number of people choosing to bike in the British capital has doubled over the past 15 years. Duration: 02:27 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Newsy (Sep. 1, 2014) — New research says if you condition yourself to eat healthy foods, eventually you'll crave them instead of junk food. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

We've Got Mites Living In Our Faces And So Do You

Newsy (Aug. 30, 2014) — A new study suggests 100 percent of adult humans (those over 18 years of age) have Demodex mites living in their faces. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

Liberia Continues Fight Against Ebola

AFP (Aug. 30, 2014) — Authorities in Liberia try to stem the spread of the Ebola epidemic by raising awareness and setting up sanitation units for people to wash their hands. Duration: 00:41 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins