General management

The above description of resource management recognizes the general management role of clinicians, thereby providing a clearer picture of roles and responsibilities of psychiatrists as managers.

The key tasks for managers are shown in Table 1

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Table 1 Key tasks for managers

The manager has to take a developmental view of organization. Each organization goes through the phases of beginning (with 'loose' organizational rules and regulations, commitment, and excitement in creating something new), expansion (when the manager' excitement and enthusiasm affects other staff who share the idealism, sense of purpose, and dreams), and consolidation and efficiency (which is characterized by quality considerations, promulgation of rules and procedures, negotiations with outside agencies, and creation of training and research programmes). Members of the team become empowered during the final consolidation phase. Here, a good manager is able to judge when to hand over the power and in what order. In the early phases the manager may be a charismatic leader, but this may lead to jealousies and rivalries creating a disruptive state. T§ble...,2. illustrates some of the management qualities required in a good manager.

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Table 2 Qualities required in a good manager

Table 2 Qualities required in a good manager

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