Leadership clarity and team innovation in health care

West, Michael A., Borrill, Carol S., Dawson, Jeremy F., Brodbeck, Felix C., Shapiro, David A. and Haward, Robert (2003). Leadership clarity and team innovation in health care. Leadership Quarterly, 14 (4-5), pp. 393-410.


The relationships among leadership clarity (i.e., team members' consensual perceptions of clarity of and no conflict over leadership of their teams), team processes, and innovation were examined in health care contexts. The sample comprised 3447 respondents from 98 primary health care teams (PHCTs), 113 community mental health teams (CMHTs), and 72 breast cancer care teams (BCTs). The results revealed that leadership clarity is associated with clear team objectives, high levels of participation, commitment to excellence, and support for innovation. Team processes consistently predicted team innovation across all three samples. Team leadership predicted innovation in the latter two samples, and there was some evidence that team processes partly mediated this relationship. The results imply the need for theory that incorporates clarity and not just style of leadership. For health care teams in particular, and teams in general, the results suggest a need to ensure leadership is clear in teams when innovation is a desirable team performance outcome. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1048-9843(03)00044-4
Divisions: Aston Business School
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology research group
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business and International Management,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management,Applied Psychology,Sociology and Political Science
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Published Date: 2003-08
Authors: West, Michael A.
Borrill, Carol S.
Dawson, Jeremy F.
Brodbeck, Felix C.
Shapiro, David A.
Haward, Robert


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