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Effective people: leadership and organisation development in health care (Second edition)

This is the second edition of the text and you will be at no disadvantage if you have not read the first. The preface to the book sets the scene clearly for, and identifies, how the book will progress.

The author is suitably qualified and experienced to write about this subject with expertise and enthusiasm. He draws on relevant literature to enhance the information and uses examples to bring what could be a very dry subject to life.

Each chapter, as identified by the author, can be read separately to no detriment of understanding the concepts. The book itself is fascinating; it discusses and explores leadership and organisation in an easy to follow format, drawing on ‘real life’ examples. It also encourages readers to use the knowledge and information to recognise leadership styles in their own workplaces, while understanding how organisations can be developed positively.

The chapters are different lengths and use various formats to present the information that prevent the reader becoming bored and disinterested. The first chapter – leadership is fascinating – goes on to explain the term in great detail making readers

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The author is suitably qualified and experienced to write about this subject with expertise and enthusiasm. He draws on relevant literature to enhance the information and uses examples to bring what could be a very dry subject to life.

Each chapter, as identified by the author, can be read separately to no detriment of understanding the concepts. The book itself is fascinating; it discusses and explores leadership and organisation in an easy to follow format, drawing on ‘real life’ examples. It also encourages readers to use the knowledge and information to recognise leadership styles in their own workplaces, while understanding how organisations can be developed positively.

The chapters are different lengths and use various formats to present the information that prevent the reader becoming bored and disinterested. The first chapter – leadership is fascinating – goes on to explain the term in great detail making readers reconsider their own views of leadership. It is a must for all who teach leadership and management.

The chapter ‘being patient focused’ will be extremely relevant to those involved in health care as managers, clinical staff from all disciplines and academics. It offers examples of the author’s time as a patient and is all too real. Many readers will recognise the examples given and will think ‘why is this still happening?’ Once again effective, or not so effective, communication between staff and patients is highlighted and although no answers to this age- old worry are given, it certainly makes the reader consider this real problem.

The examples in the book given could be used as ‘real-life’ scenarios when teaching communication skills highlighting the importance effective communication skills have on the patients wellbeing.

I would recommend this book to all managers, clinicians and academics to read and, if appropriate, have as essential reading for courses.

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