Building excellence: A study of authentic leadership in health care organizations in northern Saskatchewan

by Mishak Beckman, Brenda, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 75 pages; 3593123


Canadian health care leaders are challenged to meet the ever-changing demands of the complex 130 Billion dollar industry. Today's leaders are called upon to create healthy work environments to address the business demands, in addition to the expectations of the funders and the public. The literature suggests that authentic leadership qualities are needed to create the healthy work environments necessary to meet these demands. However, to date no literature is available which described the leadership qualities of the current Saskatchewan health care organizations leadership cohort. Utilizing the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire, this study tested the relationship of the leaders self assessment of their authentic leadership qualities against their followers assessment. The results demonstrated that the leaders and their raters have no significant differences in their assessment of the leader's authentic leadership qualities. The leaders demonstrated a high degree of authentic leadership qualities scoring fairly often on both assessment tools. The health care organization that participated in this study may use the results to develop a customized leadership development program. This study is the first of its kind in Canada. The nation's health care systems may benefit from future studies into the leadership qualities in order to achieve the results expected by the funders, employees, and society at large.

AdviserJohn Machnic
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management
Publication Number3593123

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