The Leadership Theory Of Leadership

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The concept of a class focused on studying theories of leadership is a novel idea to me. It is not surprising though; people only began to define leadership at the beginning of the 20th century, so it is a relatively young field (Northouse, 2016). Although I have always believed that leadership was an ability that could be developed and learned, to discuss leadership theory in a classroom without any actual application of the skills did not seem particularly effective. Especially for someone like myself who is generally a practical, hands-on learner, I was not sure what I could possibly gain. My initial thinking stems from the American education, where students are encouraged to be leaders without any explanation of what that might look…show more content…
In an ideal world, one of my team leaders, either the attending or resident, would have adopted an S1 leadership style that provided high levels of direction and low levels of support (Northouse, 2016). That rarely happened in my experience though, likely because most people are not conscious of how they lead. Medicine is a very business-like field and we are often so focused on completing tasks and interacting with patients, that we fail to evaluate our teamwork and collaborative efforts. What happens when you pair a D1 follower with an S4 leader? You get a very confused and frustrated follower, an impatient and frustrated leader, and a lot of time wasted on everyone’s part. However, I am happy to say that there were a few rotations where I worked with leaders that did adapt to my skill level. On my second month of my medicine rotation, I was able to considerably develop as a physician thanks to the guidance of my team leader that took the time to grow with me. By the end of the month, I was practicing at the D4 level as I had gained both confidence and experience (Northouse, 2016). Meanwhile, I noticed that for many standard tasks, my team had moved towards a delegating leadership style (Northouse, 2016). Because it was such a gradual transition towards this style of leadership, I never felt overwhelmed or abandoned. In fact, I
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