Table 1

Quotes addressing the theme ‘Motivation to execute a leadership position’

Non-clinical managersClinical managers
‘It was probably more of a calling than an ambition to go into leadership. I just probably fell naturally into it.’ ‘I always saw myself as a clinician and not a leader in that sense.’
‘I don’t think it was ever a conscious choice, you fall into roles but actually with management there comes a responsibility to lead. You have got people there that you’re responsible for and it’s important that they see some direction.’ ‘I happened to be the oldest person there, and not based on the grounds of any degree of ability, I was given a leadership role whether I wanted to do it or not.’
‘I have always wanted to make things better, improve things… and I have made a career out of it.’ ‘They needed a director, everyone ran and I was left standing there.’