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J Vet Med Educ. 2006 Summer;33(2):280-3.

What is leadership?

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VM Extension and Public Programs, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA. dklingborg@ucdavis.edu

Abstract

The demand for more effective leadership is heard throughout the health professions. Modern concepts of leadership differ from the traditional definition of a charismatic individual leader. Historically, leadership has been vested in positions, while today leadership is seen as a role one moves continuously into and out of, depending on the circumstance. Leadership ideas have evolved so that newer characteristics of leaders include being a team builder; possessing creative and strategic thinking skills; demonstrating honesty and integrity; and having the ability to motivate others to action. This article discusses some of the history of leadership, current thoughts on attributes of effective leaders, and the differences and similarities between leaders and managers; identifies selected teachable leadership tools; and describes various styles and purposes of existing leadership programs.

PMID:
16849311
DOI:
10.3138/jvme.33.2.280
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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