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How to develop leadership skills 

How to develop leadership skills
How to develop leadership skills

Alex Till

, Andrea Fiorillo

, and Dinesh Bhugra

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date: 29 June 2022

Leadership underpins every aspect of medical care and should be considered a core skill to be developed within all psychiatrists. The challenge faced is how to develop this at all levels in order to deliver safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led mental healthcare uniformly across services, twenty-four hours, seven days a week. Delivering this sustainably to frontline service users requires a multifaceted approach, and crucial to this will be harnessing psychiatrists, and particularly trainees, as powerful agents for change. We must understand the concept of leadership within modern-day mental healthcare, alongside the various models, frameworks, and approaches to it and its development. Crucial will be the embodiment of quality improvement methodology to establish a culture of continual systematic improvement to the quality of care provided and to generate an empowered network of trainees capable of exerting and developing their leadership skills as they progress throughout their careers.

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