Leading a multidisciplinary team



Publication Details

Deane, F. P. & Gournay, K. (2009). Leading a multidisciplinary team. In C. Lloyd, R. King, F. P. Deane & K. Gournay (Eds.), Clinical management in mental health services (pp. 7-22). Oxford: United Kingdom: Wiley.


This chapter looks at leadership and management of multidisciplinary teams in the mental health context. It provides an overview of what constitutes a multidisciplinary team and how policy can change the roles and relationships in teams. The potential conflict inherent in teamwork is outlined. A brief overview of leadership styles is provided, with a more detailed description of the relationship between different leadership styles and team effectiveness and satisfaction in the mental health context. Finally, suggestions about effective leadership styles and practical tips for team building and managing team meetings are provided.