Examining the Critical Role of Leaders and Leadership

  • Nancy M. Lorenzi
  • Robert T. Riley
Part of the Health Informatics Series book series (HI)


Leadership is a concept that has long excited and baffled the world, but it is a concept that remains as elusive in the 20th century as it was in the 16th century when Machiavelli wrote The Prince. Machiavelli saw success and failure for states as stemming directly from the qualities of the leader. Anthony Jay1 states that today “success and failure for corporations also stem directly from the qualities of their leaders. Management techniques are obviously essential, but what matters is leadership.”


Healthcare Organization Leadership Style Good Leader High Task Behavioral Action System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy M. Lorenzi
    • 1
  • Robert T. Riley
  1. 1.Informatics Center, Eskind Biomedical LibraryVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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