The Importance of Professional Credibility

  • Paul TurnerEmail author
Part of the Organizational Behaviour in Health Care book series (OBHC)


Leadership capability is a source of authority; professional credibility is a source of legitimacy. A combination of both will create respect and trust by peers and engagement with followers. The challenge is how to do so in health sector organisations which operate with often complex people and process dynamics. This chapter will analyse a meaning for the term professional credibility and identify how health sector leaders incorporate it into their leadership identity—a particular issue because they operate in a world that spans managerial and clinical logics, managerial and clinical objectives, and managerial and clinical decision-making processes. In this environment, health leaders are often faced with a balancing act between the two sets of priorities: building on strengths when they converge and resolving tensions when they don’t. In practice, this implies that not only do they require the ability to envision a compelling future but also the capacity to realise that future, to develop innovative solutions, and to get others to rally round to implement these. Professional credibility complements leadership capability in achieving these stretching goals.


Professional credibility Leadership capability Clinical leadership Leadership identity 


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  1. 1.Leeds Business SchoolLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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