2020 has among may other things given some examples of good leadership and others of not-so-good leadership!
Wikipedia defines leadership as – “the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”
During times of rapid change, strong leadership that provides clear direction and then follows the agreed plan should make change easier.
What are leadership attributes and what is it that a leader needs to be, know and do?
Do you set directions by:
- Facing reality?
- Focusing on the future?
- Seeing change as an opportunity?
Do you demonstrate personal character by:
- Living your values, leading by example?
- Having and displaying a positive self-image?
- Showing integrity and learning ability?
Do you build practice capability by:
- Encouraging quality?
- Embracing diversity?
- Building resilient teams?
- Fostering innovation and implementing change?
- Developing systems and processes?
Do you foster individual commitment by:
- Encouraging appropriate behaviours?
- Keeping staff focussed?
- Sharing power and authority
- Building collaborative relationships
Effective leadership is based on a series of personal qualities and capabilities. "Style" is used to describe certain approaches that leaders use to implement their vision and objectives. "Attributes" describe certain qualities or features that are inherently present in the personalities of most effective leaders. Styles and attributes can be learned and developed over the course of time and experience.
The ability to communicate effectively to others.
- The ability to make decisions.
- The ability to organise and manage resources.
- The ability to solve problems and facilitate conflict resolution.
- The ability to foster teamwork
- Is sensitive to the goals and needs of individuals.
- Uses proactive techniques.
- Open-minded and continually seeks new ways to get things done.
- Demonstrates an attitude of enthusiasm and "can do".
- Demonstrates loyalty to the organisation.
A person’s style of leadership affects team job satisfaction, although the effects vary from person to person. However, more job satisfaction leads to more loyalty, teamwork and sharing of their leaders’ goals. This can lead to higher productivity. Understanding these five leadership orientations, you will better understand the framework within which leaders operate.
For more information on leadership orientations log on to HealthyPractice and go to
Business.govt.nz provides a quick assessment of your personal leadership style.
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1 June 2021
We’re really pleased to welcome Bryce Pullan to the team as a Business Adviser, he will be working with us on Monday and Tuesday. Like all of the team Bryce has been with MAS for some time and is looking forward to supporting Members and their practices. Bryce joining us, has allowed Chris to achieve her dream of a four-day working week, Tuesday to Friday and Chris is very much enjoying her three-day weekends. Emailing us your queries to email@example.com generally means we can respond the same day especially if you send before midday. If your query is urgent just let us know in your email subject line or call 0800 800 627 and ask for the HealthyPractice team.
4 May 2021
The celebration is starting with a staff conference to be held this Thursday and Friday (6-7 May) and the HealthyPractice team will have limited availability to respond to your queries during this time. Email would be the best way to be in touch on these days and our response time might be delayed. We appreciate your understanding.
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