How can we develop a leadership capability framework for non-profit Australian health and community organizations?

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International Journal of Health and Ageing Management, 2006, 1 (1), pp. 47 - 60
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Leadership is a topic that raises a great deal of interest as well as concem to organisations, communities and nations. There is a great deal of literature on the subject, e.g. a search using 'leadership' as a keyword in Proqnest 5000 database found 30,447 peer-reviewed articles. Despite this, '... leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomenon on earth' (Dainty & Anderson 1996, p. 116 - quoting Bums 1978), with no universal agreement on definitions, or what leadership involves. There is also confusion about which qualities are most necessary for leadership and whether such qualities are intrinsic or can be developed (Bums 1978). Yet leadership remains a potent focus of interest and debate because the quality of leadership can impact significantly on the quality of life of people at work or in the broader conununity (Van Maurik 2001).
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