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Excellence in healthcare: nurturing servant leadership, fostering collaborative culture and promoting social sustainability in the UAE – strategies for transformation

Divya Upadhyay (Abu Dhabi School of Management, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 30 April 2024

Issue publication date: 19 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the healthcare sector of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to explore the significance of servant leadership and collaborative culture in fostering social sustainability. The primary objective of this paper is to investigate how servant leadership and a collaborative culture contribute to social sustainability in health care in the UAE. With a focus on promoting well-being within healthcare organizations, the paper aims to uncover the synergies between servant leadership, collaborative culture, and social sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper conducted a multilayer literature review of existing literature on servant leadership, collaborative culture and social sustainability in health care, both globally and specifically in the UAE context, and a conceptual model was proposed.

Findings

Servant leadership proves to be a culturally pertinent and effective leadership model within the UAE due to its alignment with cultural values, emphasis on community support, and the robust health-care system that contributes to individual well-being. This combination establishes a solid foundation for fostering a healthy and sustainable society.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations and implications are discussed. The current research has not identified the boundary conditions under which servant leadership and collaborative culture may be more or less effective. This could involve exploring industry-specific influences or contextual factors. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Originality/value

The research seeks to unravel the interconnections between servant leadership, collaborative culture and social sustainability. To the best of the author’s knowledge, none of the studies have explored the interrelationships of these constructs, particularly in the UAE context.

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Citation

Upadhyay, D. (2024), "Excellence in healthcare: nurturing servant leadership, fostering collaborative culture and promoting social sustainability in the UAE – strategies for transformation", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 394-407. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-01-2024-0012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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