Qualities of a good Leader


Qualities of a Good Leader


Prior to completing this assignment, read page 141 of Bensley and Brookins-Fisher (2009) and examine the nine qualities that make a good leader. These particular traits apply mainly to coalitions and support groups, but they can also be used within many other aspects of being an effective health educator. In addition to the textbook reading, read the articles Leadership and Teamwork: Two Sides of the Same Coin and The High Flying Leadership Qualities: What Matters the Most?

Your assignment for this week is to write a four to six page document expanding upon each of these nine concepts by addressing the following:

  • Explain each quality in your own words (ask yourself “What does this mean?” to help address this item).
  • Demonstrate how you have used each skill in your own experiences (ask yourself “how might I have used this in my personal or professional life?”). Note: If you have never applied this to quality, please demonstrate how you COULD have used it in your personal or professional life. Provide details of that experience as part of your response.
  • Explain how you would be able to use this leadership quality in your health education career.
  • Identify one additional quality not listed here that you believe is associated with leadership.
  • Explain how you would apply or have applied that additional quality in your career.

A few notes for this assignment:

  • References are not needed beyond the textbook, but they are encouraged.
  • You are welcome to use bullet points to assist in organization, but the submitted paper must have an APA title page and at least one APA reference for the text which will not count towards the page total.
  • In-text citations must also be used where required.
  • You can use personal situations to demonstrate your use of each quality to address the second bullet point listed above; it does not have to be related to health education.

The Qualities of a Good Leader Assignment

  • Must be four to six double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. For more information, please visit the following web pages from the Ashford Writing Center: Introductions and Conclusions (Links to an external site.) and Thesis Statements (Links to an external site.).
  • Must use at least one credible source or your textbook. Be sure to integrate your research rather than simply inserting it (for more information, please review this Integrating Research (Links to an external site.) video).
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Resource: Before you submit your written assignment, you are encouraged to review the The Grammarly Guide: How to Set Up & Use Grammarly tutorial (Links to an external site.), set up a Grammarly account (if you have not already done so), and use Grammarly to review a rough draft of your assignment. Then carefully review all issues identified by Grammarly and revise your work as needed.

For an illustrated example of addressing the first two bullet points listed above, I will use a leadership trait not listed in the text: Instilling Confidence in Team Members.

  • The general definition of confidence, according to Merriam-Webster (2016), is the idea that you will be successful in what you attempt and/or that you have the ability to succeed. When expanded to a team, you believe that the whole team has the ability to succeed and will be successful. In my personal experience, confidence is instilled by the person who becomes the natural leader of a group through conversation, and once established as leader, they provide a sense of encouragement and pride throughout those involved. Having worked with several individuals that I would describe as confident, they have not only made me a better team member, but have also shown me the temperament required when I was called upon to lead. In terms of use, I was able to utilize the concept of confidence in a recent project where I was placed in charge of completing a task with five other individuals. By being selected as leader, I knew it was very important that I continue to provide a sense of calm to the group that not only would we complete the task, but when we were done it was going to be an excellent outcome.


  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. (2016). Definition of Confidence. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confidence

Note: You may not use this leadership trait to address the fourth bullet point.

To help with your assignment, please also utilize the resources found in the Weekly Instructor Guidance as well as the required readings to help you find a further explanation for each of the nine concepts and to help frame how you have experienced those particular forms of leadership.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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