Urgent Call to Professionalize Leadership and Management in Health Care Worldwide


With good preparation in effective leadership and management, health care managers will be able to develop and manage the kind of health services that achieve health goals, reduce illness, and save lives. Drawing from experiences in countries around the world and from related literature in health care, industry, and education, this paper describes the challenge in the words of the health care providers and managers who are trying to cope with their overwhelming situation; indicates current developments that point the way toward improving these widespread conditions; outlines new paradigms that can be part of an urgently needed solution; and recommends actions to move forward.