Many people have identified what they feel are the key characteristics of successful leaders. Now is your chance to examine the qualities of leaders of organizations.
To prepare for this Application Assignment, research at least two healthcare or related industry organizational leaders within the last 20 years. Below are examples of some leaders.

Bernard Tyson
John Lechleiter
Mark T. Bertolini

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To complete this Application Assignment, write a 1- to 2-page paper that addresses the following:

What common characteristics did the leaders share?
Do your answers identify traits or behaviors? Which of these, traits or behaviors, do you personally view as dominant in effective leadership?
What was their contribution to change in their organization?
How did they go about implementing the change?
What was their approach to leadership: charismatic, authentic, or neither?

Be sure to base your response on the Learning Resources for the week or an article(s) you researched.
Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week-s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct.
Robbins, S.P., & Judge, T. A. (2017). Essentials  of organizational behavior (14th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Chapter 12, “Leadership”
The authors compare the terms leadership and management. They also present various leadership theories and the types of leadership. Methods for selecting and creating leaders also are addressed. Additionally, the authors describe circumstances when leadership may not be necessary.
Chapter 13, “Power and Politics”
This chapter contrasts the terms leadership and power. It explores the bases of power and power tactics, the causes and consequences of political behavior, and the ethics of behaving politically.
O’Brien, M. (2008). 5 approaches to leading successful organizational change. Healthcare Financial Management, 62(9), 138, 140. Retrieved from

This brief article describes how leaders handle resistance to organizational change.
16 Personalities. Retrieved from

This web site gives you the background for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and its uses. This page includes a brief description of the characteristics of each of the “types” identified by the Myers-Briggs tool and allows you to identify your own personality type.
Reinhold, R., & Poirier, D. (n.d.). Myers-Briggs personality types, your best fit type, and an introduction to the 16 personality types-Part 1. Retrieved from

This is where you’ll find a more detailed explanation of the various personality types defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Michaelis, B., Stegmaier, R., & Sonntag, K. (2009). Affective commitment to change and innovation implementation behavior: The role of charismatic leadership and employees’ trust in top management. Journal of Change Management, 9(4), 399. Retrieved from

This article describes a study demonstrating that charismatic leadership and trust in top management are both positively associated with the willingness of employees to adapt and embrace innovation.
Required Media
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010). Good Samaritan Hospital organizational chart—Week 4: Leadership. Baltimore, MD: Author.
This week, several Good Samaritan administrators share their thoughts on what leadership means to them in their current positions.
Video Transcripts (zip file) 
Roberts, R. (Host). (2007, April 11). Exploring the psychology of the boss [Radio broadcast]. Retrieved from
This National Public Radio program is a freewheeling conversation about the characteristics of effective leaders and of inferior ones.
Optional Resources
Management Study Guide. (n.d.). Great man theory of leadership. Retrieved from 
Accel-Team. (n.d.). Human relations contributors: Douglas McGregor: Theory X and Theory Y. Retrieved from

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