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Leadership development in Health Information Management (HIM): literature review

Low, S ORCID: 0000-0001-5900-9438, Butler-Henderson, K ORCID: 0000-0002-6082-2108, Nash, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3695-0887 and Abrams, K 2019 , 'Leadership development in Health Information Management (HIM): literature review' , Leadership in Health Services , doi: 10.1108/LHS-11-2018-0057.

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Purpose: The health information management (HIM) profession lacks clarity around leadership andleadership development. To date, little empirical research exists on this topic, and it is unclear if broaderapproaches for healthcare leadership are suitable. This paper aims to explore which the leadership styles arerelevant to the HIM profession. The findings were also used to inform a discussion on how HIM professionalscould develop these leadership styles.Design/methodology/approach: Through a systematic scoping literature review, deductive thematicanalysis was undertaken to extrapolate common themes around this style of leadership based on transversalcompetency domains that reflect twenty-first century skills (i.e. critical thinking and innovation,interpersonal, intrapersonal and global citizenship) (Bernard, Watch and Ryan, 2016; UNESCO, 2015). Thisapproach enabled the findings to be discussed from a leadership development perspective.Findings: Analysis of the literature revealed that a relational leadership style through a team-basedapproach is required. Literature studies on how to develop leadership competencies were not found.Research limitations/implications – Future policy and research implications include the need forresearch on transversal competencies to determine if they can shape HIM leadership development.Practical implications: This leadership style and competencies proposed are relevant across manyoccupations and may have broader applications for leadership research, education and development.Originality/value: This paper defines the style of leadership required in the HIM profession andidentifies a succinct set of contemporary competencies to inform the development of this type of leadership.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Low, S and Butler-Henderson, K and Nash, R and Abrams, K
Keywords: health leadership competencies, leadership development, relational leadership, health information management, transversal competencies
Journal or Publication Title: Leadership in Health Services
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN: 1751-1879
DOI / ID Number: 10.1108/LHS-11-2018-0057
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