Followership in the NHS

Keith Grint, Claire Holt

Grint's and Holt's paper suggests that the current focus on leadership underestimates the role of followers in securing a successful health service and overestimates the ability of individual 'heroic' leaders to make a significant difference to all circumstances.

It suggests that by harnessing the experiences of the professional medical 'followers' who understand the needs of the paying 'follower' (the patient) best, we could encourage them to lead in the NHS.

Read the final report from the Commission

You can read the final report from the 2011 Commission on NHS leadership and management.

Read the final report: The future of leadership and management in the NHS: No more heroes

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