Leadership Vs Management
Now that is a question and not one I shall address here
Today I am taking Time out from my schedule to create awareness
The NHS Leadership Academy is offering alot of initiatives such as the The Mary Seacole programme (details below) within the NHS and shall indeed help mould a better NHS of tomorrow
Who is Mary Seacole?
She was a British-Jamaican who lived in the Victorian era and overcame many prejudices for race and gender
Going “to the Crimean War, to help British soldiers. She nursed sick and wounded soldiers. When battles were raging, she gave everyone food, blankets, clean clothes and kindness. The soldiers called her ‘Mother Seacole’ Her reputation rivalled that of Florence Nightingale”
As a Nurse she indeed pioneered and lead, hence this programme is names in her honour
But What Is Leadership?
1.0 The action of leading a group of people or an organization.
‘different styles of leadership’
1.1 The state or position of being a leader.
‘the party prospered under his leadership’
1.2 treated as singular or plural The leaders of an organization, country, etc.
‘the leadership was divided into two camps’
The above is what you find when you it look up in the Oxford Dictionary
Can it really be that simply defined?
There are many books, programmes, seminars, talks, workshops and events on the subject and the Mary Seacole programme will be another take.
One thing is for certain and that it has many interpretations and ways of defining it.
A leader is deemed to possess many traits such as integrity, passion, motivation, inspiration, accountability, influence etc the list goes on as does the perception of what leadership is to you and others around you
The stand out one for me is courage
1.0 The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.
‘she called on all her courage to face the ordeal’
1.1 Strength in the face of pain or grief.
‘he fought his illness with great courage’
Courage is the hardest trait to possess!
It is hard to stand up against external and internal pressures especially that of organisation such as the NHS. Doing what is right and ethical may have ill consequences. ( Just look at the mess that is the Mid Staffordshire scandal ie https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/feb/06/mid-staffs-hospital-scandal-guide)
To have the mental and moral strength to persevere regardless of repercussions.
“It’s always easy to do nothing and say nothing”
But then you become nothing, no person of merit or real value, but a mere slave to the will of others and usualy those above you in “management”
Unfortunately titles and positions are usually confused with leadership but they just create authority and more responsibility.
None of which mean you’re a leader in my eyes anyway!
Rules and structure are good as they help create structure and discipline in an organisation, but without the right type of leadership in place they create boundaries and lead to stagnation.
It takes courage to evolve with the changes occurring to bend the rules for the greater good, to become a trailblazer to change and not a pathfinder! To help improve the organisation or biz you are part of and indeed in healthcare its about improving patient outcomes!
To have the audacity to defy the chain of command such as whistle blow when bad practice is occurring but ultimately doing the right thing is not always easy
But remember anybody could be a leader.
We can all be leaders in some form or another, if we learn to take charge, to assign time to personal growth, to mentor those in need to find more ways to give than to take, you certainly go above being a leader you become a better you and a better human.
Having the courage to do the right thing in the face of overwhelming pressure
This is TRUE LEADERSHIP
To me anyway 😉