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The Public Psychiatrist as a Leader 

The Public Psychiatrist as a Leader
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The Public Psychiatrist as a Leader
Author(s):

Michael D. Ross

and Octavio N. Martinez

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190907914.003.0007
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date: 21 May 2022

One of the many areas in which a community psychiatrist can impact patient care is through providing clinical and administrative leadership. The actions of leaders have consequences, both good and bad. Good leadership in a public mental health organization can be felt even among staff who rarely interact with the executive team. People understand the vision of the organization, and they feel engaged in achieving the organization’s goals and are committed to the organization. Poor leadership impacts morale and leads to high turnover and poor quality of care. This chapter discusses some of the leadership roles available to the public psychiatrist. It incorporates case scenarios that one may confront as a community psychiatrist in a leadership role. This chapter fosters consideration of individual paths to public psychiatry leadership by using several successful community psychiatrist–leaders as examples. The chapter concludes by discussing various ethical issues related to leadership that may arise.

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