Health Policy and Planning
Volume 33, Issue suppl_2, July 2018
SUPPLEMENT: Experiences of African health system leadership and its development
Strengthening health system leadership for better governance: what does it take?
Lucy Gilson; Irene Akua Agyepong
Health Policy and Planning, Volume 33, Issue suppl_2, 1 July 2018, Pages ii1–ii4, https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czy052
This editorial provides an overview of the six papers included in this special supplement on health leadership in Africa. Together the papers provide evidence of leadership in public hospital settings and of initiatives to strengthen leadership development. On the one hand, they demonstrate both that current leadership practices often impact negatively on staff motivation and patient care, and that contextual factors underpin poor leadership. On the other hand, they provide some evidence of the positive potential of new forms of participatory leadership, together with ideas about what forms of leadership development intervention can nurture new forms of leadership. Finally, the papers prompt reflection on the research needed to support the implementation of such interventions.