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Healthcare: Different Leadership Traits and Styles

What is the impact of different leadership traits and styles in today's healthcare organization?

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1. What is the impact of different leadership traits and styles in today's healthcare organization? Thank you.

The US health care industry has transitioned to a dynamic market economy governed by
a wide range of internal and external forces. Leadership traits and styles impact healthcare outcome and success. However, research suggests that health care organizations (e.g., large systems such as academic medical centers). continue to be dominated by leaders who practice an outmoded transactional style of leadership and by organizational hierarchies that are inherently stagnant (Schwartz & Tumblin, 2002, attached).

How does transactional leadership and traits impact healthcare organization?

*Transactional leadership is a relationship of mutual dependence in which the contributions of each party are recognized and, often, goals are met and rewards are delivered.
*However, in this paradigm, leaders are followed primarily because, given the hierarchy, it is in the best interests of the follower to do so.
*The transactional leadership style has many disadvantages in a market economy, not the least of which is a combination of poor satisfaction among employees and customers; this decreases customer loyalty and, eventually, profits (termed the employee-loyalty/customer-loyalty profit chain).33,34
*In the past, the transactional leadership style was adequate for health care delivery systems when the payer (mostly private industry and the state or federal government) bore all the risk; this is no longer the case (see attached article for references, also available on-line at ...

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