Team Leadership in Public Health

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Part 1

Two Heads Are Better Than One—Team Leadership in Public Health

In order to effectively function as a team, leaders need to come together and think as a team. For many collaborative leadership teams, this may be a challenge to overcome. As you have learned in this course, often certain qualities or skills separate leaders from a collective group. As a result, leaders take the initiative to enact policies for change. Ironically, when functioning as a team, individualized leadership characteristics and skills are deferred for team decision making and group-identified goals. While team leadership presents benefits in leading an organization, notable challenges also exist within the theory.

For this Discussion, consider some of the unique characteristics of team leadership. Using the Learning Resources, reflect on the challenges associated with team leadership and consider whether or not team leadership may actually exist within organizations.

By Day 3

Post a description of team leadership and its characteristics. Then, describe two challenges teams may face when leading an organization. Finally, explain whether team leadership is an effective approach. Justify your response.

Part 2

Current Events in Public Health Leadership—Servant Leadership

Throughout history, servant leadership is valuable theory to enact change within society. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr., servant leadership highlights that a leader’s greatness may depend upon the way in which the leader serves his or her subordinates. With servant leadership, a leader transforms into a guide or teacher for subordinates, in turn creating subordinate autonomy and ownership in work. As a leader, empowering your subordinates and cultivating a vested interest in work might be the most essential components to develop for effective, servant leadership.

For this Discussion, select an event, not previously used in the course, that highlights techniques of servant leadership. For the event, consider whether or not the leadership techniques were effective. Also, consider the possibility of applying another leadership theory to the selected event. How may the outcomes change in relation to the application of a different leadership theory?

Post a brief description of the event you selected. Then explain whether servant leadership was the most effective leadership perspective in the event you selected. Justify your response. Finally, explain how event outcomes might have been different with another leadership perspective.

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Servant Leadership Discussion




Robert Greenleaf was an instrumental figure in the overall development of servant
leadership and the understanding of the need to understand the servant needs. The Greenleaf center
for servant leadership played an important role in promoting the overall wellbeing of servant
leadership and how to effectively incorporate better understanding in ensuring that the leadership
process is successful. Therefore, the focus was developed on the basis to create a better
environment for an overall understanding of servant leadership and the feeling to serve and not be
served from leader’s perspective. Therefore, the modern movement in the 1970s is a critical event
in history, which provides a significant understanding on Greenleaf’s assertion on servant
leadership (Liden, 2014).
Servant leadership was co...

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