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The personal journey towards transformational leadership
The personal journey towards transformational leadership

Covid saw simple work become complicated. Complicated work then became complex. And ultimately, complex work ran the risk of becoming chaotic. Leaders and leadership qualities were never so important. 

Leading successful change is complex - and requires high technical and organisational skills. But another critical ‘X’ factor in transformational change is the ‘followability’ of a leader - the degree to which others are inspired and drawn to align their hearts, minds and efforts to the goal. 

Leadership
What does good leadership mean?
What does good leadership mean?

With the Australian federal election looming on 21 May 2022, we are prompted to consider: what does a good leader look like?

Culture
Leadership
Teamwork
Caring with compassion
Caring with compassion

Compassion is an extension of empathy. It can be defined as ‘the feeling or emotion, when a person is moved by the suffering or distress of another, and by the desire to relieve it’. The desire to help distinguishes compassion from empathy - which, in contrast, may be defined as ‘the ability to imagine and understand the thoughts, perspective and emotions of another person.’

Culture
Leadership
Person-centred care
Workforce
Breaking bad behaviour
Breaking bad behaviour

Negative behaviours between healthcare workers are unfortunately common, and past research has demonstrated high levels of psychological distress amongst Australian doctors - putting their psychological safety at stake. Sadly, bad behaviours tend to cascade down the medical hierarchy, even impacting students.

Collaboration
Culture
Leadership
Negative behaviours
Psychological Safety
Teamwork
Workforce
Optimised workforce, optimised outcomes
Optimised workforce, optimised outcomes

Although boards are ultimately accountable, and responsible for oversight and strategic direction, clinical governance begins and ends with those who deliver clinical care. We have previously suggested that ‘culture impacts how individuals feel in workplace - and in turn the manner in which they conduct themselves.’ Do they feel supported in the workplace - or are they afraid to seek help? Do they feel safe to speak up if they have any concerns? Do they feel free to share their ideas, mistakes, and feedback - fostering a learning and collaborative environment, in a united vision to deliver optimal care?

Culture
Leadership
Psychological Safety
Workforce
How do boards know what they need to know?
How do boards know what they need to know?

Effective governance at board level means knowing what you need to know, and clearly communicating this.

Directors’ Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership
Quality indicators
Reporting
Learning from governance
Learning from governance

We have previously drawn a parallel between decisions made by government in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, and in clinical governance - for example, how government decisions have responded to risk.  Six months later, Australian federal and state controls around the pandemic have continued to offer lessons in clinical governance by way of analogy.

Leadership
Planning
Culture and clinical governance
Culture and clinical governance

Governance, leadership and culture together form one pillar of the National Model Clinical Governance Framework.  ‘Culture’ in particular is a somewhat nebulous concept - what does it really mean, and what is its role in clinical governance?

Culture
Incident management
Leadership
Psychological Safety
Safety Culture
Workforce
What does a clinical governance framework do?
What does a clinical governance framework do?

What do we mean by a clinical governance framework? What should a clinical governance framework do?

Decision-making
Frameworks
Leadership
Roles and responsibilities
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