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Leadership styles, traits, and applications

1. Imagine that a small-town school system has appointed a new, but experienced, superintendent of schools. The school system is experiencing serious problems: worsening grades, budget cuts, increased vandalism, and low morale among the teachers. Suggest one (1) theory, two (2) styles and two (2) leadership characteristics that would be most effective for the superintendent to adopt when addressing such problems.

2. Create two (2) scenarios that focus on political debates or controversies that a public leader and business leader may face during or after negotiations aimed at the privatization of public services. Suggest one (1) theory, two (2) styles and two characteristics of a public leader that would be most effective in diffusing the debate or controversy.

3. Analyze two (2) major pressures that a public leader faces from shareholders, customers, stakeholders, and employees. Propose two to three (2-3) key actions that public leaders can take in order to maintain a leadership style in the face of such pressures. Justify your response.

4. Compare the U.S. health system that you have researched to the centralized healthcare in European health systems. Propose two (2) strategies a public leader can address regarding both health systems in order to make each structure more cost effective and operationally efficient. Provide a rationale for your response.

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I have provided you with some input. I do not have a lot of research done on the centralized healthcare in Europe, but it says you have researched this, so you may wish to add or adjust my suggestions.

1. Imagine that a small-town school system has appointed a new, but experienced, superintendent of schools. The school system is experiencing serious problems: worsening grades, budget cuts, increased vandalism, and low morale among the teachers. Suggest one (1) theory, two (2) styles and two (2) leadership characteristics that would be most effective for the superintendent to adopt when addressing such problems.
Theory: Maslow's theory of needs. Each of these has a need that is not being fulfilled, leading to actions and reactions that create further problems. If the superintendent can figure out how to help fulfill each of the needs, then solutions for problems will be easier to find. A democratic leadership style or transactional style of leadership would be appropriate, though democratic would make more people feel they are being heard. Transactional can reward those who are doing the most to help solve the problems, while ...

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