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The Importance of Leadership and Followership 

The Importance of Leadership and Followership
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The Importance of Leadership and Followership
Author(s):

Jennifer Meddings

, Vineet Chopra

, and Sanjay Saint

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780197509159.003.0006
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date: 19 May 2022

Leadership in a hospital setting differs substantially from that in a for-profit corporation, regarding both mission and practice; that is evident during a quality improvement initiative. Top administrative and clinical leaders need to continually communicate the value and scientific validity of the project to staff members by all available means—including personal cheerleading. Project managers and team champions have to energize the staff with their own enthusiasm for the initiative, capitalizing on the trust and respect they have earned. What is called for is transformational leadership and substantial emotional intelligence. Leaders on all levels need to devote themselves to helping colleagues become exemplary followers. The major characteristics of the leaders of successful infection prevention projects are described.

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