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Compassionate Leadership – a new book by Michael West

28th June 2021

Compassionate leadership: Sustaining wisdom, humanity and presence in health and social care.

Those who work in health and social care give inspiring support for the health, happiness, and well-being of all – communities, societies, and nations. Yet their workplaces often harm their own health and well-being, affecting care quality, motivation, patient satisfaction and corroding cultures of compassion.

In this book, by Professor Michael West, an evidence-based approach to transforming the leadership and cultures of health and social care teams and organisations, is described. Practical, powerful, and compelling, it describes a strategy based on the core human value of compassion, showing that by sustaining that value in health and social care, we can cultivate wisdom, humanity, presence and high-quality in health and care services. Supplemented with practical resources, case examples and searching questions for discussion, it offers a simple, radical and powerfully effective strategy for change.

It is a call for leaders to nurture compassion within themselves and across health and social care institutions, to support healthier and happier institutions and communities. It challenges leaders at every level to have the courage and authenticity to embody compassion in their leadership now and for the long-term future.

Compassionate Leadership is due for publication in early July 2021. For information about the new book please visit Swirling Leaf Press.

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