Critical Analysis of the role of the leader in workplace change processes ( on Hand washing improvement)

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Critically discuss the role of the leader in facilitating any change 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.
  • APA referencing

Important Reference to be used in essay

1.Clinical leadership: Innovation into action 

Author: Stanley, D.

Start page: 118

End page: 147

Chapter:  Managing change

Publication Date: 2011

2. Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application


Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J.

Start page: 260

End page: 283

Chapter: Organizational structure

Publication Date: 2015

Edition: 8th

ISBN  9781451192810

LCCN: ^^2013036678

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health

3. Practical leadership and management in healthcare: For nurses and allied health professionals 

Author: Sullivan, E. J., & Garland, G.

Start page: 134

End page: 153

Chapter: Motivating and developing others

Notes: U.K. adaptation of: Effective leadership and management in nursing / Eleanor J. Sullivan, Phillip J. Decker. c2005.

Publication Date: 2013

Edition: 2nd

ISBN: 9781447912064

LCCN: 2012049558

Place of publication:

Harlow, United Kingdom :

Publisher: Pearson Education

4. Leadership in organizations

Author: Yukl, G. L.

Start page: 309

End page: 339

Chapter: Charismatic and transformational leadership

Publication Date 2013

Edition: 8th


Place of publication: Upper Saddle River, N.J. :

Publisher: Pearson

5. Management and leadership in nursing: an Australian educational perspective


Dignam, Denise ; Duffield, Christine ; Stasa, Helen ; Gray, Joanne ; Jackson, Debra ; Daly, John

Journal Title Journal of Nursing Management

Volume: 20

Start page: 65

End page: 71

Publication Date: Jan 2012

ISSN: 09660429

Issue: 1

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01340.x

6.Change management–or change leadership?

Author: Gill, Roger

Journal Title Journal of Change Management

Volume 3

Pages: 307-318

Start page: 307

End page: 318

Publication Date: Dec 01, 2002

ISSN: 14697017

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Issue: 4

DOI: 10.1080/714023845

7.Practically speaking: Rethinking hand hygiene improvement programs in health care settings


Son, Crystal ; Chuck, Tina ; Childers, Teresa ; Usiak, Shauna ; Dowling, Mary ; Andiel, Corinna ; Backer, Regan ; Eagan, Janet ; Sepkowitz, Kent

Journal Title American Journal of Infection Control

Volume: 39

Start page: 716

Publication Date: Nov 01, 2011

ISSN: 01966553

Issue: 9

  1. Kotter, J.P. & Schlesinger, L.A. (2008). Choosing strategies for change. Harvard Business Review, 86, (7/8), 130-139
  2. Sullivan, E.J (2013). Effective leadership and management in nursing (8 th ed.) Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. Chapter 2.
  1. Sullivan, E. & Garland G. (2013). Motivating and developing others. In E. Sullivan & G. Garland Practical leadership and management in nursing (2nd ed.). London: Pearson Education Ltd.pp.135-153
  2. Management Role in Organisational Direction, Design and Effectiveness.

(Adapted from: Daft, R. (2010) Organisational theory and design. Mason, Ohio: South-Western Cengage Learning, Chapter 2, page 59)

  1. Marquis, B.L. & Huston, C.J. (2015). Organizational structure. In Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (8th ed.pp.260-283). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.
  2. Sullivan, E.J. & Garland, G. (2013) Motivating and developing others. In Practical leadership and management in healthcare (2nd ed.) (pp.134-153). Harlow. U.K: Pearson Education.
  3. Finkelman, A.W. (2006). Teamwork and motivation. Leadership and management in nursing. Pearson/Prentice Hall. pp. 200-223
  4. Finkelman, A.W. (2016). Developing interprofessional and intraprofessional teams. In Leadership and management for nurses. Boston: Pearson pp.298-314
  5. Son, C., Chuck, T., Childers, T., Usiak, S. Dowling, M., Andiel, C., Backer, R., Eagan, J. & Sepkowitz, K. (2011). Practically speaking: Rethinking hand hygiene improvement programs in health care settings. American journal of infection control, 39:716-724.
  6. Mainz, J. (2003a). Developing Evidence-based clinical indicators: a state of the art methods primer. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 15, (1), i5-i11.
  7. Mainz, J. (2003b). Defining and classifying clinical indicators for quality improvement. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 15, (6), 523-530.
  8. Siriwardena, A. N. (2006). Releasing the potential of health services: translating clinical leadership into healthcare quality improvement. Quality in Primary Care, 14(3), 125-128.

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