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by Dr Michael
Published: June 2014
'Leadership' is a fashionable term used a great deal by managers
and others in healthcare organisations. As a concept it is complex,
multifaceted, and heavily influenced by the context in which it
Management philosophies are relatively recent developments and
the application of rigorous methodology to these even more so. Most
psychiatrists have had years of being bombarded with data-free
truisms such as 'a good organisation is a listening organisation',
and for the most part we remain none the wiser.
This module offers guidance for senior clinicians on how to
think about the topics of leadership and management as they apply
to psychiatry. Key theories and models are presented alongside a
critical commentary informed by an evidence base and personal
experience. Readers are encouraged to increase their understanding
of themselves and their managerial colleagues with a view to
A keynote speech on Leadership and Management from Dr
Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Registrar, RCPsych:
In this module you will learn about:
This is the first of a series of modules covering
the key concepts of leadership and management. See also:
Leadership and management series: Part 2 –
time management for psychiatrists and Leadership and management series: Part 3 –
pragmatic leadership in teams and groups.
You may also wish to refer to the
Leadership and Management pages on the Royal College of
Psychiatrists' website for further information.
If you like this module, you may also be
Organisation theory: conceptual frameworks in a
changing context by Professor David Crowther and Dr Miriam
Probity in professional practice: Part
1 by Dr Ashok Patel and Dr Haider Malik
How patient-centred are you? Shared decision-making
in psychiatric practice by Dr Robert Chaplin and Dr Alan
Managing stress and avoiding burnout: Part 1
–understanding stress and burnout by Dr Sunil Raheja
Book from RCPsych Publications:
Management for Psychiatrists (4th edition)
RCPsych College Reports:
OP74. Role of the Consultant Psychiatrist: Leadership and
excellence in mental health services
OP80. Leadership and Management Study Guide
Download take-home notes to print and