Post a brief comparison (similarities and differences) of Skills Approach and Trait Theory. Then, explain if a skill can be a trait, or a trait can be a skill. Justify your response and provide an example. Finally, explain how each might relate to your personal public health leadership philosophy. Be specific.For this Discussion, review the Learning Resources, with specific attention to the journal article by Mumford, Zaccaro, Harding, Jacobs, and Fleishman. Reflect on skills and traits that might be necessary for leadership within a public health setting. Also, think about how traits and skills may relate to your personal public health leadership philosophy
. Skills Approach differs from Trait Theory because it focuses on an individual’s skills and abilities versus an individual’s traits. Although traits may be important for a leader in public health, skills also determine leadership effectiveness. Contemporary research has noted that an individual may garner skills and competencies from professional experiences. For example, a leader’s skills derived from non-profit experience securing funds for multiple, low-funded health clinics may assist in developing valuable competencies in matters of negotiation and organization. From developed skills and competencies, an individual may gain a leadership position or emerge as an effective leader.
Mumford, M. D., Zaccaro, S. J., Harding, F. D., Jacobs, T. O., & Fleishman, E. A. (2000). Leadership skills for a changing world: Solving complex social problems. The Leadership Quarterly, 11(1), 11–35.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Nahavandi, A. (2014). The art and science of leadership (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
- Chapter 4, “Individual Differences and Traits”