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From Management to Leadership: Strategies for Transforming Health, 3rd Edition by Jo Manion

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Commitment

Understanding the underpinnings of personal and organizational commitment is crucial for health care leaders in today’s business environment. Accelerating change, increasing organizational challenges and crises, workforce shortages, and mounting external environmental pressures make the need for committed and fully engaged employees more important than ever before.

The Concept

Commitment is the act of pledging or engaging oneself. To commit is to bind or obligate oneself, as in committing to a promise, a certain course of action, or even another person. A review of the classic organization development literature sheds further light on the concept. Brickman, Wortman, and Sorrentino (1987, p. 2) studied commitment extensively and say ...

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