A values-based approach to medical leadership

Charlotte Moen, Patricia Prescott

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Within the UK health and care services, several high profile inquiries have recommended a new style of leadership aligned with the National Health Service values. The style of leadership required is a values-based, authentic approach. This paper reviews Dr Stephen R. Covey’s (1989) principle-centred leadership model and aims to explore whether the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® can be applied to medical practice. Furthermore the relationship between Covey’s 7 Habits®, the leadership and management standards for medical professionals and key driving leadership policies are examined, with an emphasis on how to restore the character ethic through a values-based approach to medical leadership. We explore how an applied version of Covey’s model has been embedded within a medical education context. We conclude the applied model offers a structured, reflective and practical approach to demonstrating leadership authenticity and trust thereby facilitating a values-based/principle-centred leadership approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-629
JournalBritish Journal of Hospital Medicine
Issue number11
Early online date9 Nov 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Nov 2016


  • leadership
  • principle-centred
  • valuesbased
  • medical leadership
  • authentic leadership


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