Leadership & Systems Thinking Skills
Module 8.1: 5-Minute Introduction
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Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills focus on incorporating ethical standards into the organization; creating opportunities for collaboration among public health, health care, and other organizations; mentoring personnel; adjusting practice to address changing needs and environment; ensuring continuous quality improvement; managing organizational change; and advocating for the role of governmental public health.
These skills focus on incorporating ethical standards into the organization; creating opportunities for collaboration among public health, health care, and other organizations; mentoring personnel; adjusting practice to address changing needs and environment; ensuring continuous quality improvement; managing organizational change; and advocating for the role of governmental public health.
This domain has to do with taking the long view on public health and your involvement in the field -- from your career, to your organization and community, and even nationally and globally.
The first competency in this domain encourages all three staffing tiers to have ethical standards of practice in place for all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities.
The next several competencies emphasize systems thinking. For example, Tier 1 and 2 staffers (front line/entry-level; program management/supervisory) should be able to describe public health as part of a larger, interrelated system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels, and Tier 3 staffers (senior management/executive-level) should be able to interact with that system.
Professional development is another topic this domain addresses. Tier 1 staffers should participate in professional development opportunities, and Tier 2 and 3 staffers should make sure that individuals and teams from across the organization are taking advantage of these opportunities.
Change is an important factor to plan for, and the last few competencies in this domain address this. Tier 1 staffers should be able to describe the impact of social, political, and other changes on organizational practices, Tier 2 staffers should be ready to modify organizational practices in consideration of changes, and Tier 3 staffers should ensure that they can effectively manage organizational change, for example by refocusing a
So what subject areas should a person interested in evaluating and improving their skills within this domain study?
For starters, we suggest Key Public Health Values and Vision, Ethical Standards of Practice, Mentoring and Peer Review, and Public Health within Larger Systems. You also will want to make sure you understand Continuous Quality Improvement and Organizational Change.
In addition to this, you can explore the resourses below to learn more about this competency.
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