ArticleStraight Talk for Health Care Managers Back to the Basics of LeadershipKinard, Jerry DBA; Kinard, Brian PhDAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina (Dr J. Kinard), and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, North Carolina (Dr B. Kinard). Corresponding author: Jerry Kinard, DBA, College of Business, Western Carolina University, Department of Management and International Business, Cullowhee, NC 28723 ([email protected]). The Health Care Manager: January 2008 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 89-93 doi: 10.1097/01.HCM.0000285024.87385.31 Buy Metrics Abstract Managers in the health care field should continually reflect on their leadership practices and the performance of individuals in their respective units, with an eye toward continuing improvement. A critical part of the reflective process is a review of the basics of leadership. This article presents information concerning 18 critical leadership topics and offers suggestions for improving performance. Copyright © 2008 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.