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Leadership in dentistry: An empirical phenomenological study of practicing general dentists in South Central Idaho
by Seaman, Cynthia L., D.M., University of Phoenix, 2008, 200; 3399502
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative, empirical phenomenological study explored the lived leadership challenges, strategies, and behaviors of the general dentist leading dental teams. Fifty six general dentists practicing in South Central Idaho represented the population from which twelve dentists, identified as leaders based on LPI scores, qualified for the interview process. ATLAS.ti managed the research documents guiding execution of data reduction, horizonalization, and imaginative variation techniques identifying emergence of four major structural themes: (a) mentoring, (b) empowerment, (c) teambuilding, (d) the realized phenomenon caring, and ten textural themes: (a) setting a personal example, (b) seeks improvement, (c) engaged with others, (d) value/respect team members, (e) communication, (f) validation, (g) accountability, (h) creates a safe environment, (i) altruism, and (j) recognition. The study revealed human caring skills guided transformational leadership strategies in general dentistry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Addesso, Patricia
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Dentistry, Health care management
Keywords: Dentistry, Health care, Idaho, Leadership
Publication Number: 3399502
ISBN: 978-1-109-65608-4
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