Leadership in the NHS: does the Emperor have any clothes?

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    In this essay, I explore the rise of the concept of ‘leadership’ in the English NHS, highlighting the similarity with a previous shift from (bad, old) ‘administration’ to (good, new) ‘management’. I take a critical look at this discursive shift and highlight some of the overblown claims made for the value of ‘clinical leadership’. I argue that, rather than turning all NHS staff into leaders, we should perhaps tone down the level of our rhetoric and instead emphasize the need for a service full of good followers who will maintain a relentless focus on care, quality and efficiency.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of health services research & policy
    Volumeonline first
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    Dive into the research topics of 'Leadership in the NHS: does the Emperor have any clothes?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this