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oneself and others.."3 © The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 2004 Necessity of Leadership Development in Allied Health Education Programs 4 CONCLUSIONS & DISCUSSION
There has always been dialogue about promoting allied health care. One way to be proactive on this front is to teach Allied
Health Care students to lead. The question now is, “is leadership an entry-level competency” that needs to be taught at the entrylevel, or is this something to hold off till graduate school or advanced studies? Surveying the literature available on leadership
one can conclude that leadership transcends position and rank. If this is true then all indications can be, yes, it can be an entrylevel competency.
Many of our health science program’s clinical experiences have strong hands on/trial-and-error aspects, which is one way
leadership is developed, but in allied healthcare disciplines leadership is rarely intentionally taught and according to the literature
education is also one of three prominent ways leadership can be developed.
The challenge to Allied Health Care educators is to enhance our own leadership abilities and make it a priority to teach
leadership. Promoting student’s leadership ability indirectly promotes and advances allied health care professions even if the
leadership outlet is somewhere other than in Allied Health Care. Graduates and practitioners getting involved in leadership
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