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1 Finding the Right Leadership Style for Your Quality Improvement Agenda
ISQua Global Webinar May 6, 2014 Dr. Ben Chan, MD MPH MPA Assistant Professor, Division of Global Health & IHPME University of Toronto

2 Objectives Understand difference between leadership & management
Learn about different leadership styles Consider pros & cons of different styles & their relationship to quality theory Reflect on the fit between your leadership style, your work context & what you want to achieve in quality improvement

3 Leadership vs Management

4 Leadership vs Management
Innovates Administers An original A copy Inspires trust Relies on control Long-range view Short-term view Asks what and why Asks how and when Tells us where we’re going Gets us there safely, on time, on budget Designs Executes Murray, 2010

5 What Motivates People? MacGregor’s Theory X & Y
Theory Y Workers don’t like to work Workers like to work, are self-motivated Workers need constant supervision, direction Workers need creative space Workers motivated only by fear of punishment, explicit rewards Workers motivated by greater responsibility, pride in job well done & satisfaction with mastery of skill May be most applicable in workers with low-skill, routine tasks Most applicable in high-skilled professions with complex tasks requiring judgement, problem-solving

6 Emotional Intelligence viewpoint
Leaders can sway emotions of group Resonant Leadership Drive emotions positively Develop connection with followers, exhibit empathy Performance soars when staff emotions pushed towards enthusiasm Goleman, 2002

7 What Quality Results Do We Want?
Better outcomes Better execution of clinical best practices Better measurement More accountability Better costs More efficient use of resources Reduced waste

8 What Quality Results Do We Want?
Better patient experience Courteous interaction Engagement in decision-making If this is the type of patient interaction do we want, then how does our leadership style reflect & model the behaviours we want our staff to adopt?

9 What Quality Results Do We Want?
Creating a safe hospital – push to eliminate avoidable adverse events Develop a culture of safety Staff rewarded, not punished for errors Motivation based on improvement, not fear

10 Leadership Styles: Classifications

11 Lewin’s Leadership Styles
Authoritarian / autocratic Democratic / participatory Laissez-Faire / delegative Lewin, K., Lippit, R. and White, R.K. (1939). Patterns of aggressive behavior in experimentally created social climates. Journal of Social Psychology, 10,

12 Blake-Moulton Leadership Grid

13 Goleman / Emotional Intelligence
Commanding Affiliative Coaching Pace-setting Democratic Visionary

14 Wikipedia Authoritarian Paternalistic * Democratic Laissez-Faire
Transactional * Transformational *

15 Authoritarian aka Commanding (Goleman) Leader makes key decisions
Outside input into decision limited Workers told what to do & how to do it More closely aligned with Theory X Fear a key motivation

16 Authoritarian Pros Cons Fast, efficient
Short-term gains outweighed by long-term dysfunction Great if you have an extremely smart, wise leader Loses wisdom, observations of other key individuals May be useful in a crisis Applicable in organizations with low-skilled workers doing routine tasks? (some would disagree with this) Employees disengaged, demoralized Talent flight

17 Pacesetting Similar to Produce or Perish (Blake-Moulton)
Leader holds high standards – for self & organization Always demanding faster, better performance If poor performance, pushes staff harder or fixes problem him/herself

18 Pacesetting Pros Cons Works with very high-talented, self-driven teams
Difficult to sustain pace; anxiety, burnout Focused on results Obsession with results at expense of staff wellbeing May be useful in start-up, entrepreneurial phase Pressure for immediate results may restrict creativity, innovation Leader fixing problems for staff may get short-term results Micromanagement erodes trust, stunts development

19 Visionary Aka “Transformational” leadership
Leader articulates where group is heading Sets forth an inspiring vision of the future Builds excitement Resonates with values, aspirations of staff Leader helps staff see how their work will contribute to a better world

20 Visionary Pros Cons Gives clear direction to organization
Conflicts if other strong individuals in organization with competing vision Motivates, excites employees If implementation weak, failure to achieve vision demotivates staff, leads to cynicism

21 Paternalistic Leader takes care of employees, gets strong loyalty in return Employees feel like part of the family

22 Affiliative Similar to “Paternalistic”, consistent with “Country Club”
Promotes harmony among followers Nurture personal relationships, emotional needs of employees Helps resolve any conflict Build teams to ensure followers connected to each other

23 Affiliative / Paternalistic
Pros Cons Helpful in healing organizations with serious divisions, conflicts or broken trust Focus on praise, relationships at expense of results; may send message that mediocrity is tolerated May be popular in certain regions of the world Staff may not receive enough specific advice on how to improve Produces happier workers

24 Coaching Leader aims to bring out best in key staff
Invest in personal development of staff Help staff set long-term goals Identify strengths/weaknesses, help staff identify their calling Delegate challenging assignments that will let them grow

25 Coaching Pros Cons Works well if leader has staff who are self-motivated If staff not self-motivated, may not benefit from coaching experience

26 Democratic Style Seeks input from key people on important decisions
Listens carefully to concerns Collective decision strengthened by buy-in, commitment across organization

27 Democratic Pros Cons Works well in organizations with broad mix of highly skilled individuals May be difficult to implement in settings, cultures where staff afraid to give input Develops decisions with strong shared ownership May take too long to arrive at decisions; slow progress can affect staff morale

28 Laissez-Faire Leader trusts very talented staff to do their work, freely delegates tasks May set some general expectations for product but wide latitude on how to achieve it Key leadership task is to find the right talent in whom this level of trust can be given

29 Laissez-Faire Pros Cons
Can be useful in environments where highly creative or motivated people need space to innovate or problem-solve If staff not highly motivated or talented, then organization suffers from lack of direction or guidance with implementation

30 Transactional Leadership
aka task-oriented leadership Focus on completion of specific well-defined tasks Motivation through reward and punishment If tasks highly routine, consider management by exception

31 Transactional / Task-Oriented
Pros Cons Works best for basic ‘assembly-line’ type tasks Not as suited to situations requiring creative problem-solving Does not focus on quality of relationships, team functioning

32 Can You Have More Than One Style?
Leaders may combine different styles May have a predominant style & learn to use other styles in special circumstances

33 Cross-Reference of Styles
Lewin Goleman Blake-Moulton Wikipedia Authoritarian Commanding Pacesetting Publish or Perish Democratic Country Club Affiliative Paternalistic Coaching Laissez-Faire Visionary Transformational Transactional

34 Leadership Styles: When to Use?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional Consider when leading highly trained, motivated individuals, professionals

35 Leadership Styles: When to Use?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional Often reserved for crises, start-ups, other urgent situations

36 Leadership Styles: When to Use?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional Helpful in situations with broken relationships, mistrust

37 Leadership Styles: When to Use?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional Useful in most leadership situations; often combined with other styles

38 Leadership Styles: When to Use?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional More management than leadership; consider use in stable, routine processes

39 Reflective Questions How would you describe your current leadership style? How would you describe the leadership style of the person you report to? Is there a consistent leadership style within the culture of your organization? Does the leadership style fit the context you find yourself in?

40 Poll: What Best Describes Your Management Style?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional

41 Scenario 1: Crisis You have been asked by the Ministry of Health to take over a hospital in crisis, as interim CEO. Its last CEO and three of its five most senior executives have just been fired over a fraud scandal. It is suspected that others in the organization were involved in the fraud. The hospital is in the midst of a financial crisis with a deficit equal to 5% of its budget this year.

42 Scenario 1: What Leadership Style Would You Choose?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional

43 Scenario 2: You are starting your first middle management position which includes housekeeping. C difficile rates are exceptionally high. Patient surveys show common complaints about frequency and quality of cleaning, especially washrooms. There are policies for this but nurses complain that the housekeeping staff are not following them. The outgoing manager says that housekeeping staff morale is poor, hours are long, pay is low and turnover is high.

44 Scenario 2: What Leadership Style Would You Choose?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional

45 Scenario 3: You are the new Director of a primary care teaching centre in a low-income country. The centre very well respected for its work with the poor and its research. You have inherited a team with several highly trained physicians and researchers with good success at getting foreign-funded grants. Although there are some divisions, people generally get along. The biggest worry of the outgoing Director was that key talent was being lured to wealthier countries.

46 Scenario 3: What Leadership Style Would You Choose?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional

47 Scenario 4: Westbury and Eastview hospitals have recently merged, and you are now the Chief of Staff of the new organization. There are deep divisions and mistrust between doctors in the two groups. Westside serves the inner city poor and prides itself on practical solutions & its interdisciplinary approach, while Eastview serves a more affluent neighbourhood, has more subspecialists and greater academic activities. Doctors at both sides were not consulted about the merger.

48 Scenario 4: What Leadership Style Would You Choose?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional

49 Scenario 5 You are the new CEO of Safeview hospital. It has had two high-profile incidents of patient deaths, from wrong-site surgery & medication error. The previous administration relied on incident reports and issued reprimands to staff for not following policies. Staff are very afraid to flag safety issues where they were involved. You want to build a “just culture” around safety incidents and encourage everyone to report and create QI teams to fix safety issues.

50 Scenario 5: What Leadership Style Would You Choose?
Visionary Affiliative/Paternalistic Coaching Democratic Laissez-Faire Authoritative Pace-setting Transactional

51 Summary Many different leadership styles exist
Address people’s underlying motivation to follow you Theory X & Y, resonant leadership Develop a repertoire of different styles Select best style for where your organization is at in its quality journey

52 Recommended Readings Daniel Goleman et al. Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence. Harvard Business School Press, 2002. Gary Heil et al. Douglas McGregor, Revisited: Managing the Human Side of the Enterprise. Wiley & Sons, 2000. Alan Murray. Wall Street Journal Essential Guide to Management. Harper & Collins, 2010. Bass, B. M., & Bass, R. The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications. New York: Free Press, 2008.

53 Dr. Ben Chan, MD MPH MPA Twitter: dr_benchan


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