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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: June 2019

Chapter 29 - The Importance of Creating and Harnessing a Sense of ‘Us’: Social Identity as the Missing Link Between Leadership and Health

from Section 4 - Scaffolding


In the process of researching this chapter, the first author spent a crisp December day touring London’s major bookshops in an attempt to discover what recent books on health might have to say about leadership and what those on leadership might have to say about health. It was a pleasant way to spend a day, but, as a research exercise, it was something of a failure. Of the books on health, not a single one had an index entry for leadership and most restricted their coverage of the topic to general discussions of team and patient management as aspects of effective healthcare. Conversely, very few of the books on leadership had much to say about health, although the biographies of influential leaders (e.g. Obama, Gillard, Thatcher) typically included significant sections devoted to the biographee’s policy on health (e.g. democratisation, rationalisation, privatisation).