Aim of Assessment
This assessment aims to build on the learning outcomes for assessment 1 and apply the principles of effective leadership and change theory to a change strategy or performance improvement plan in the health care sector. The assessment asks students to consider the implications for capacity building and both personal and organisational level and the ways in which workplace culture may enhance or hinder the achievement of sustainable change outcomes. Students are asked to consider the role of the leader in developing workplaces that are flexible and able to meet the demands for change.
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Choose one of the following essay topics.
Critical Analysis of the leadership role in developing a performance improvement plan.
Identify an area (one specific) health related practice that requires a performance improvement. Using some references form each module, identify and critically discuss relevant aspects of the following:
the role of the leader in this particular performance improvement
the type(s) of leadership style(s) that can effect change
the steps required (and their relevant change theory support) to implement this aspect of workplace performance
the impact of the workplace culture
the barriers and facilitators in change processes and the management strategies
the importance of benchmarking best practice related to this performance improvement
strategies for motivating and engaging the stakeholders/staff in the performance improvement at all stages
Critical Analysis of the role of the leader in workplace change processes ( on Hand washing improvement)
Critically discuss the role of the leader in facilitating anychange process in the workplace. This could be discussed in relation to a health related area but could more generally examine the components of sustainable change and the role of the leader and leadership styles covered in this unit. Use of relevant literature is expected, including some references from each of the three modules, as well as literature specific to the change to support the analysis and critical discussion.
This could include:
the role of the leader in change processes
workplace culture and its relevance to workplace change
the importance of consideration of an organisation’s vision, mission and strategic goals when considering workplace change
analysis of a change theory and its importance in the planning and implementation of any change.
the barriers and facilitators to the success of this change and how the leader can manage these.
For both topics, you are expected to write a scholarly essay that explores the chosen topic in a critical manner and demonstrate your understanding of the ideas and concepts related to leading organisational performance improvement or change. You are also required to demonstrate an ability to apply these ideas and concepts to the program being discussed.
It is expected that you will use the accepted format for an academic essay including:
an introduction with a thesis statement
sections made up of a number of paragraphs that address each of the assignment points and
a comprehensive conclusion.
Important Reference to be used in essay –
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End page: 147
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End page: 153
Chapter: Motivating and developing others
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Publication Date: 2013
Place of publication:
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