Egos and ambition have no place in health care leadership

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The challenges facing today’s leaders in health and care are complex. Now, more than ever, they need to be system leaders, capable of working across boundaries to find solutions to the increasing demands placed on services. They need to bring together expertise and use resources from primary care, secondary care, mental health services, public health, social care and the voluntary and community sector. The list is exhausting. They also need to engage with people who use health and care services, and their carers, on the one hand, and senior specialists and politicians on the other.

To help identify the skills that might be needed for leadership in this new order, the King’s Fund commissioned our fifth annual publication on leadership and management in the NHS and wider system, The practice of system leadership: being comfortable with chaos, which draws on the stories of 10 senior leaders.

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