Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 27(1) April 2024 : 34-41.doi:10.12927/hcq.2024.27324
Emerging Leadership Models

“The Space Is as Much Yours as It Is Mine”: Insights From Health System Leaders About Inclusive Leadership

Aunima R. Bhuiya*, Alyssa Kelly*, Lorraine Pirrie, Danielle Toccalino, Whiwon Lee, Meghan McMahon and Beverley M. Essue


The long-standing systemic inequities highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic and current events of social injustice have underscored the importance for health system leaders to develop or strengthen their competencies related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Inclusive leadership values different perspectives across organizational hierarchies. It reduces psychological distress and improves the performance of individuals and teams in health settings. Through semi-structured interviews, we explored the inclusive leadership experiences of five health system leaders. This study offers initial insights by unpacking inclusive leadership as a competency, identifying barriers and enablers and providing advice for current and future health system leaders.



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