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Discussion: Adapting to Changes–Situational Leadership
It may appear as a hopeless cause to provide health programs in an area suffering severe health disasters and coping with internally displaced populations. For Htee Moo, cofounder of the Backpack Health Worker Team, hope was a driving force behind instituting more than 20 health clinics in Burma. With numerous health disasters, and countless human rights violations, there was no single, perfect style of healthcare leadership for this situation. Despite this challenge, Moo created the Backpack Health Team and various clinics throughout the country. Using a situational approach in public health leadership, Moo was able to provide primary health care services to more than 80,000 Burmese residents (Beyrer & Pizer, 2007). Though different situations exist among leaders, the skills and characteristics to adapt to particular situations are essential as a public health leader.
For this Discussion, review the article by Fernandez, Cho, and Perry in the Learning Resources. Consider some of the strengths and limitations of situational leadership presented in the article. Then, select a leader with whom you are familiar and a situation or event in which the leader was involved. Think about how the Hersey and Blanchard Model of situational leadership applies to the leader and situation you selected.
By Day 3
Post a brief description of two strengths and two limitations of situational approaches to leadership. Then, briefly describe the leader and situation you selected. Next, evaluate the leader’s response and leadership effectiveness based on the Hersey and Blanchard model.