public health leadership

public health leadership

Trait Theory suggests certain individuals have innate characteristics or traits that may assist in particular leadership situations. Researchers in the field have identified specific traits necessary for effective leadership. As a future leader in public health, it is important to know how particular traits may impact effective leadership.

For this Discussion, review the week’s Learning Resources to highlight the strengths and limitations of Trait Theory of leadership. Select an effective leader to use for this Discussion. Think about the traits of the leader you selected. Consider how useful Trait Theory is in assessing the leader’s effectiveness.

Nahavandi, A. (2014). The art and science of leadership (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

  • Chapter 3, “The Foundations of Modern Leadership”
  • Chapter 4, “Individual Differences and Traits”
  • Self-Assessment 4-3: Proactivity (p. 135)

Dines, C. J., Kahn, J. M., Abella, B. S., Asch, D. A., & Shea, J. A. (2011). Key elements of clinical physician leadership at an academic medical center. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 3(1), 31–36.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Kirkpatrick, S. A., & Locke, E. A. (1991). Leadership: Do traits matter? The Academy of Management Perspectives, 5(2), 48–60. (This is a seminal article in the field that will serve as a foundation for additional resources.)

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Collins, J. (2005). Level 5 Leadership: The triumph of humility and fierce resolve. Harvard Business Review, 83(7/8), 136–146. Retrieved from…

Required Media

Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Leadership theory: Trait theory. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Post a brief description of the leader you selected and two of his or her essential leadership traits. Then, describe two strengths and two limitations of Trait Theory. Finally, explain the usefulness of Trait Theory in assessing the effectiveness of the leader you selected.