Debunking the myth about ‘command and control’ leadership and management

An interesting opinion article by Richard Knowles in the Health Service Journal (29 October 2008) attempts to debunk the pejorative view of ‘Comand and Control’ in the NHS.

He says that “Commonly held views about command and control are that it smacks of micromanagement, centralisation and everything else that is bad about those at the top telling everybody else what to do.”

He posits the alternate view that “Command and control can actually fit extremely well into models of leadership and management that seek to devolve authority and empower staff.”

To explore the true benefits of a Command and Control approach he looks at how Admiral Horatio Nelson, architect of one of Britain’s most celebrated naval victories, achieved what he did at the Battle of Trafalgar.

To read the full article, click here.

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