Leadership during a period of organisational change: An examination of NHS Lothian's Adult Mental Health Service.
(2013) Leadership during a period of organisational change: An examination of NHS Lothian's Adult Mental Health Service., no. 119.
Purpose - The purpose of this study is to establish to what extent leadership is valued by followers during a period of organisational change This research study will research various leadership frameworks gain the opinions of individuals regarding attributes that are widely considered essential for a leader to possess, and how 1. Establish to what extent classic leadership frameworks are relevant to contemporary leaders within NHS Lothian. 2. Establish the opinion of change from those working within the Adult Mental Health (AMH) service for NHS Lothian as it experiences a period of organisational restructure. Design/Methodology/Approach - Quantitative questionnaires were chosen as the appropriate research instrument for this research study, in order to gather opinions of participants involved. A pilot study was conducted to ensure the questionnaires would provide valid and reliable results. A total of 50 questionnaires were distributed with 31 returned and useable. SPSS, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word were all used to analyse and present the data. Findings - The main findings of the research established a set of eight attributes that the participants felt were essential for a leader to possess during a period of organisational change. The data collected also illustrated that participants within the AMH service accept that change within their derive is necessary, feel incentivised and motivated to implement changes that may come about as a result of the organisational restructure. However, unexpectedly, data was inconclusive when attempting to establish if those within the service consider themselves as leaders. Practical Implications - The results show that effective communication of proposed changes is imperative, in order for individuals expected to implement the changes to feel motivated. Research Limitations - This study gathered data from the AMH service within NHS Lothian, therefore, results are not applicable to other regions or services. Originality/ Value - This paper is thought to be the only paper to examine leadership during a period of organisational change within the AMH service of NHS Lothian.