Title: Leadership in Health and Social Care
Author: Louise Jones and Clare L Bennett
Publisher: Lantern Publishing 2012
Reviewer: Allison Crocker, theatre practitioner, Poole General Hospital
What was it like?
As the subtitle points out, this book provides an excellent introduction to the subject of leadership for those interested in the field. The book is aimed squarely at the practitioner intending to sharpen their skills for a move into a leadership role but will also prove helpful to the student who may be studying the subject as part of a pre-registration course. It is most definitely not a management book with the differences between the two subjects laid out early on. The role of leadership skills in the armoury of all healthcare professionals is also emphasised. The book does not provide complete coverage of leadership but it does, however, provide a broad introduction.
What were the highlights?
The highlight of the book for me was the comprehensive coverage of the subject of leadership. This meant that I could find the information I required and usually in one place.
Strengths & weaknesses:
While the broad brush approach is the books main strength, it is a contributing factor to its weakness. The book has no space to go into depth on any of the subject matter and sticks resolutely to the mission of providing an introduction to the field.
Who should read it?
The book is suitable for the full range of experience from student to senior manager. Anyone considering evaluating and developing their leadership skills will appreciate this book as it will help to start them on such a developmental journey.