Care home managers have a significant influence on staff morale and care delivery. Training methods underpinned by transformational leadership theory (TLT) have been used successfully to develop their leadership skills. Twenty-five care home managers in the north-east of England took part in a preliminary study aimed at establishing which aspects of TLT were apparent in their leadership philosophies. Elements of TLT (such as supporting frontline employees to engage in education and establishing trust) were found to be embedded in participants’ philosophies of leadership, but gaining the support of senior management when attempting to apply a philosophy of leadership in practice was not present enough. To develop leadership skills, managers may benefit from training programmes that involve both structured teaching and guided learning through experience.
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|Published - 9 Feb 2015