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PUBH6004 Leadership and Effecting Change in Public Health


The organisation’s efficient functioning and operation is largely decided by management. Many leadership ideas arise from leadership models adopted by various individuals or organisations. The leadership style dictated by the positions and strategies of the company, and the outcomes that the management style aims to achieve. The most effective aspect of leadership within an organisation is how the employees of the leaders of the organisation work and interact with the employee. This specific paper will discuss and explain Mrs Helen’s case study. It is shown that she is a highly successful and productive general health professional. Ms. Helen is elected the leader in the field of public health in different diverse fields. 

If a leader represents a public health organisation, it is critical that he has the capacity to represent the health and well-being of a broader public. The aim of the current research is to address the various leadership dimensions in conjunction with leadership methods, structures and tools. In addition, I will carry out an empirical process of myself to understand the leadership skills in me and to incorporate the requisite improvements and innovations. The paper will endeavour to understand critically the leadership style of Mrs. Helen, and then there will be possible suggestive styles, which the person could take to achieve more productive results.

Part 1

A critical review of the case study presented offers a variety of points that the situation as a whole can be understood. Ms. Helen is 35, meaning she has a great history of experience before this point in her career (Popescu, & Predescu, 2016). She is employed in Warnambool as a general health practitioner. Warnambool is once again a very rural region in the state of Victoria. As a healthcare provider Frau Helen herself has been very effective in her work. She is also focused on what she does and succeeds in her attempts to serve her patients. The lady’s main focus is to provide the rural community with primary care to help the local people recover from their disease (Popescu, & Predescu, 2016). Helen herself had migrated from metropolitan Melbourne into the area and so, because of her determination, she could cope with certain primary difficulties (Popescu, & Predescu, 2016).

Management is an important element of any sector and is also one of the most respectful elements in an organisation. An productive leader needs certain abilities, which makes a difference between a good leader and a poor leader. Leadership is one of the key factors that the sector adheres to and is in high demand as far as public health is concerned. A manager is characterised by such abilities and influences (Hirschmann, 2020).

The main issues of leadership as per the structure are self-directed formation, the formation mechanism, driving creativity, producing outcomes, involving others, in Hirschmann ‘s opinion (2020), the first aspect being that the leader is sensitised to his skills and strengths. The leader’s understanding will help him better carry out his work and thus create faith as far as he can. The case study presented must be taken into account in this regard where Helen has pursued initiatives to improve the lives of people not just young people or children (Hirschmann, 2020). This was because Helen was adamant on the steps she had to take to solve public health problems. She has known her expertise, thanks to which she has taken measures for the well-being of people and communities (Hirschmann, 2020).

In addition, trustworthiness, fairness and dignity constitute another component of leaders. This is also shown by Helen ‘s leadership, where she was ethical and was concerned about people’s well-being rather than emphasising her own expertise. She was therefore highly honest and so the reputation of the people has earned (Lane, 2017). 

The second aspect has to do with other people. This aspect is related to teamwork and cooperation according to Lane, 2017. However, it can be seen accordingly that Helen lacked this ability (Lane, 2017). If a manager wishes to work in public health to improve people’s lives, he must work as a team. In this context, communication is one of the main factors in order for the flow of information to be smooth and knowledge to be communicated mutually, which helps to create this trust (Lane, 2017).

In the hopes of including others in a public health agency, coordination is extremely necessary. Carlin, & Peterman, 2019 have commented that the contact must involve verbal and nonverbal skills so that the leader mostly should express his views and the latter allows the leader to think and establish the link between his fellow members (Carlin, & Peterman, 2019). Furthermore, it is vital that every person associated with the public health sector, which will help to build trust, be given importance and integrity and therefore contribute to the smooth flow of public health works aimed to improve people’s health and living conditions. In addition, it is also critical, as given in the Australian context, that leaders work to achieve their results for their particular organisation (Carlin, & Peterman, 2019).

To that end , it is important to collaborate with both customers and colleagues in order to understand the views of each of the participants. This leadership attribute was hugely prevalent in the nature of Helen in the case study given (Park, & Oh, 2018). She was specific on the priorities and objectives that she wanted to accomplish. However, their communication and collaborative skills were not successful and could be decided by collaborating with a smaller number of stakeholders (Park, & Oh, 2018). She was therefore ineffectual as a leader in this respect. In addition, under the paradigm, creativity driving may also be observed as an significant feature of a leader.

Then a leader must also rely on its members and colleges as the concept of everyone forms in the formulation of an successful innovation plan, as inspired by Songserm, et al., 2020 to discuss innovation. The lack of imagination and innovation in Helen ‘s work with a sufficient number of players is nevertheless obvious (Songserm, et al., 2020). In addition , the case study will demonstrate that it hasn’t done a lot for its clients and colleagues to participate in an efficient communication process. In public health communication, as stated by Lane, 2017, it is one of the main indicators of the organisation’s well-being that essentially represents the execution of the organizations’ goals and aims. However, Helen ‘s leadership capacity is entirely inconsistent (Lane, 2017).

Given its commitment and determination in terms of its health and welfare to improve the lives of people, it was not successful in making good decisions, one of the most significant features of the leadership character. A leading manager must always work actively to solve problems and make decisions, since that leads to a smooth work flow in the company that helps to achieve the goals (Baker, et al., 2018).

Part 2

Based on the self-assessment method, I have assessed myself, showing the prevalence of my leadership abilities, so I have been able to completely comprehend myself, and how effectively I can be a leader. Lovett, & Robertson, 2017 have inspired me, I have seen that the key strengths of my communication are my ability. The skills in communications are an important part of a broader variety of fields (Lovett, & Robertson, 2017). From now on, wherever I am, I am always careful that I offer my knowledge and information well. Furthermore, I always ensure that people with whom I work also express their thoughts and opinions adequately. This will make for a contact mechanism of two kinds and thus successful decision-making in either case (Lovett, & Robertson, 2017).

According to the outcome of the test, I have seen that my problems are fine. This is due to my indulgence in communication and besides speaking; I also emphasise listening ability. In addition, I agree largely with the outcome of the test. This is because I am able to work very easily and calmly in difficult situations. This is also an significant characteristic of a leader ‘s actions. I have been inspired by Chikeleze, & Baehrend, 2017so that by carrying out my test, I have come to realise that certain leadership qualities exist in me (Chikeleze, & Baehrend, 2017). 

In comparison, the outcome reflected a great deal more positive than negative in me. Even if my professional and leadership actions had such negative aspects, this would be a help for me to strengthen such measures towards addressing them and to enhance my business behaviour.

I will concentrate more on incorporating my constructive ethical actions as I work for a public health agency. This will contribute to the achievement of my organisation’s goals (Chikeleze, & Baehrend, 2017). Moreover, I have also seen that achieving the priorities and objectives of the company in which I operate is also a major factor to which I have paid a great deal of attention. I consider my growth to be significant and I give more importance to the progress and development of the company with which I am affiliated to achieve the overall objectives of the organisation. In addition , leaders always have to stress the goals and objectives that his company has. It is also worth noting (Chikeleze, & Baehrend, 2017). 

In addition , the presence of ethics and fairness is another significant aspect of leadership in me. I am really looking forward to the fact that when I work with such people, including customers and colleagues, I respect them and they have equal opportunity to share their opinions and points of view. The leadership style I follow from now on is ethical inclusion and value for people (Chikeleze, & Baehrend, 2017).

Part 3

I found that the strengths of my communication are basically my knowledge. Communication capability is an essentially necessary aspect of a wider spectrum of fields. From this point on, wherever I am, I constantly take care of the fact that I transmit my data and information well (Balogun, & Ajayi, 2018). Besides, I always guarantee, as articulated by Balogun, & Ajayi, 2018, that the people I work with will also profitably share a perspective and a conclusion. The most critical thing to quantify is, while my communication knowledge is in comparative circumstances. I will try to recognise the protection and constructive influence of the partners in the same circumstances. That is why I would be more effective in performing my skills in communication and in coordinating both my speech and skill settings (Balogun, & Ajayi, 2018).

This would allow communication to be two-way and, in any situation, a definitive choice could therefore be made. According to the test results, I saw that my competence is a major problem. Usually because of my liberality in conversation and separate from talking; I also stressed tuning in skills (Liu, & Gumah, 2020). I am still very much in agreement with the findings of the test. This is also because I can work with great ease and composure under challenging circumstances. In addition, the decision making and the resolution of issues are another essential feature of a leader’s behavioural angle. I will apply my problem of understanding skills to moderate the challenges that my colleagues and shoppers face. Furthermore, I should also like to stress that I work in teams (Liu, & Gumah, 2020).

Innovation is one of the main components of a leader’s behaviour and therefore I would make sure that I always involve a team of members in taking important decisions so as to contribute equally to the innovation and uniqueness of decision-making (Liu, & Gumah, 2020). 


Based on the results and discussion of the current research, leadership can be seen to be one of the main factors underlying an organisation’s well-being and efficiency. Communication – the most significant aspect – is the important leadership features. Such essential considerations, such as problem solving, teamwork and cooperation, decision-making, transparency, etc. This often helps a public health agency in question in order to achieve its long-term improvement and thereby to contribute to its survival and thus to its long-term competitiveness.


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