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Unformatted text preview: the best in 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 positions outside of Allied Health Care enhances credibility in the eyes of the community and other professions. REFERENCES 1. Alimo-Metcalfe, B. & Lawler, J. (2001). Leadership development in UK companies at the beginning of the twenty-first century: lessons for the NHS? Journal of Management in Medicine. 15(5) 387-404 2. Anderson, P., & Pulich, M. (2002). Managerial competencies necessary in today’s dynamic health care environment. The Health Care Manager. 21(2), 1-11 3. Brown, L.M. (2001). Leading Leadership Development in Universities. Journal of Management Inquiry. 10(4), 312-323 4. Cress, C.M., Astin, H.S., Zimmerman-Oster, K., & Burkhardt, J.C. (2001). Developmental outcomes of college students’ involvement in leadership activities. Journal of College Student Development. 41(1), 15-27 5. Densten, I.L., & Gray, J.H. (2001). Leadership development and reflection: What is the connection? The International Journal of Educational Management. 15(3) 119-124 6. Kahanov, L. and Andrews, L. (2001). A Survey of Athletic Training employers’ hiring criteria. Journal of Athletic Training. 36(4), 408-412 7. National Athletic Trainers’ Association. (1999). Athletic Training Educational Competencies. National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Dallas, TX. 8. Ray, R. (2000). Management Strategies in Athletic Training (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. © The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 2004...
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