Trait Theory

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 health care administration, it is important to know how particular traits may impact effective leadership.

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

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.

Required Readings

Nahavandi, A. (2015). The art and science of leadership (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

· Chapter 3, “The Foundations of Modern Leadership” (pp. 64–89)

· Chapter 4, “Individual Differences and Traits” (pp. 104–129)

· Self-Assessment 4-3: Proactivity (p. 135)

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

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

Dine, 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.

Key Elements of Clinical Physician Leadership at an Academic Medical Center by Dine, J.; Kahn, J.; Abella, B.; Asch, D.; Shea, J., in Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Vol. 3/Issue 1. Copyright 2011 by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Reprinted by permission of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Kirkpatrick, S. A., & Locke, E. A. (1991). Leadership: Do traits matter? Executive5(2), 48-60.