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Leadership metaphors

John Duncan Edmonstone (MTDS, Ripon, UK)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 3 May 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to suggest that the language typically used about leadership in healthcare tells us something important about how we see it.

Design/methodology/approach

Three main metaphors currently adopted for healthcare leadership purposes are explored – military, sporting and finance.

Findings

The language used about leadership sustains the way the world is seen. A more life-affirming use of language is possible, which more accurately reflects what healthcare is about.

Originality/value

The paper builds on the work of Gareth Morgan in applying the use of metaphors to healthcare leadership.

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Citation

Duncan Edmonstone, J. (2016), "Leadership metaphors", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 118-121. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-01-2016-0003

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2016, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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