Case study: authority and leadership

Case Study: Authority and Leadership

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Review the details of the case Authority and Leadership: Rising From the Ranks from your course text, and respond to the following questions:

  1. Identify the potential advantages Julie might enjoy in becoming manager of a group of which she has long been a member, and contrast these with the possible disadvantages that might present themselves because she has long been a member of this group. 
  2. Describe how Julie will have to proceed in establishing herself as the legitimate possessor or supervisory authority on the unit, and describe the sources and forms of Julie’s authority.

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  • Management principles for health professionals (6th ed.): 
  • Chapter 10: Adaptation, Motivation, and Conflict Management
  • Chapter 11: Training and Development: The Backbone of Motivation and Retention
  • Chapter 12: Authority, Leadership, and Supervision

Liebler, J. G. & McConnell, C. R.  (2012).  Management principles for health professionals (6th ed.).  Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. 


  • Greenbranch Publishing (Producer).  (2007, October 1).  Stop the medical office bickering [Audio podcast].  Retrieved from


Recommended Resources



  1. Davidson, S. J.  (2010).  Complex responsive processes: A new lens for leadership in twenty-first-century health care.  Nursing Forum45(2), 108-117.  Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.
  2. Lees, P.  (2010).  Health care special report: The clinician as leader: Leadership saves lives.  Business Strategy Review,  21(4), 26-31.  Retrieved from the EBSCOhost database.
  3. Wallace, K.  (2009).  Creating an effective new employee orientation program.  Library Leadership & Management23(4), 168-176.  Retrieved from the ProQuest database.

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