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[Comment] Offline: Medical leadership—from inspection to inspiration

A decade ago, the Royal College of Physicians published Doctors in Society, an attempt to renew the professional mission of medicine in the UK. Did the College succeed? The working party that produced this report, chaired by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, concluded, “While there are many leaders within medicine, there is little leadership of medicine as a whole.” The evidence in 2005 suggested that medical leadership was weak and dysfunctional. Yet the Cumberlege report argued that every doctor had the potential to lead—individually, as part of a clinical team, in their local health community, nationally, or even globally.