How effective leaders achieve success in critical change initiatives part 4: emergent leadership--an example with doctors

Healthc Q. 2007;10(4):59-63, 2. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2007.19316.


Engaging family doctors in clinical practice innovations has often been seen to be a difficult challenge. It is happening in some creative ways with the Hamilton Family Health Team. This article illustrates how Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, some of the original leaders in the Hamilton Team, and CEO Terry McCarthy have created an environment that fosters emergent leadership. Their approach has accelerated the delivery of both increased access and improved patient care.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • National Health Programs
  • Ontario
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Physicians*