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From The CriticsReviewer: Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN (A. T. Still University)
Description: This is a unique and practical guide to the development of advanced leadership skills in healthcare professionals.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information and strategies that can be applied to leadership roles in healthcare. The ultimate goal of the book is to provide readers with the extensive preparation necessary to attain higher level leadership competencies. It introduces the theory of the quantum leader, which integrates the principles of transformational leadership with the ideologies of conflict management and change theory, requisites to lead in the current challenging healthcare system.
Audience: The ideal audience includes current leaders in healthcare who are seeking innovative ways to evolve their leadership skills. This book would be an excellent resource for new leaders or healthcare students wanting to know more about the skills required for successful leadership. It also would be helpful for all healthcare professionals, as this group of practitioners typically hold decision-making and team leadership roles.
Features: Each chapter is well designed with learning objectives and good definitions of terminology. Gems or boxed advice are incorporated throughout, providing encouraging strategies to cope with leadership dilemmas. Highlighted boxes display summaries of principles, promoting quick access to the information. The book is well formatted with large print, good use of white space, and bulleting and bolding of headings to enhance navigability. Extensive graphics illustrate complex concepts. Multiple case studies, application exercises, and suggested readings promote reflection on the theory and application of the principles. The principles needed to apply quantum leadership are clearly identified. Many important topics for leaders are addressed: leadership and continuous learning; interpersonal competence; creating a conflict-friendly culture; leadership of constant change; the fully engaged leader; and turning toxic behaviors into transformational actions.
Assessment: This is an excellent guide for leaders who want to advance their leadership skills. The authors are obviously very skilled and knowledge about leadership and organizational behavior. This is a very good resource for all current or future leaders.