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Read chapters 3 (Skills Approach to Leadership) and 4 (Behavioral Approach to Leadership) of your text. We will start the second week with topics and questions from chapters 3 and 4 of your text.
There are several traits for leadership. The base traits can be described as technical, human, and conceptual. Each trait is required for leadership development in and out of health care environments.
Problem-solving skills are critical for leaders in health care. Problems (Issues) related to human resources, financial and regulatory (local, state, and federal) can create challenges.
Chapter 3 Questions
1. Define and describe the traits of leadership to include technical, human, and conceptual.
2. Define and describe problem-solving skills needed for leaders.
3. Select an end of the chapter case 3.3) and answer the questions related to the case. Remember to apply your answers to questions 1 and 2 as they apply to your selected case.
We will discuss the behavioral approach of leadership. The behavioral approach focuses specifically on what leaders do and how they act. There are generally 5 approaches that can be applied which are:
1. Country-Club Management
2. Team Management
3. Middle-of-The-Road Management
4. Impoverished Management
5. Authority Compliance Management
Chapter 4 Questions
1. Describe each approach (1-5) using the grid for figure 4.1.
2. Take the interactive leader assessment at the end of the chapter. Score yourself. What does the score tell you in relation to leadership? How can you apply this information to your current job (if applicable)?
he situational approach of leadership emphasizes that leadership is composed of a directive and supportive element. Each element must be applied appropriately for a given issue. A leader must assess a given situation to determine and evaluate their staff to evaluate loyalty and competency for a given goal. Based on the the situational approach and the given issue, leaders must adjust as to whether they are supportive (coaching) or directive (coercive).
Review the chapter 5 examples in relation to how the situational approaches work.
There are strengths and weaknesses of situational leadership. Our focus for this week is to determine what situational approaches to leadership are and to define the strengths and weaknesses for situational approaches.
Lastly, I will have you do an exercise for application.
Remember to think about yourself as a future or current leader to improve your skills.
Chapter 5 Questions
1. Define the 4 strengths of situational leadership approaches. Describe the 4 criticisms of the situational leadership approaches.
2. How would you apply situational leadership as a leader now that you know the strengths and weaknesses of situational leadership? Think about your staff and the health care organization as a whole. Students that are not in health care can use an example within their organization.
Questionnaire: Complete the end of the chapter questionnaire situation 1.