American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Hospice, Leadership, Transformational
Health care is a rapidly changing environment requiring a high level of leadership skills by executive level personnel. The hospice industry is experiencing the same rapid changes; however, the changes have been experienced over the brief span of 25 years. Highly skilled hospice executives are a necessity for the growth and long-term survival of hospice care. This descriptive study was conducted to evaluate the leadership skills of hospice executives. The study population consisted of hospice executives who were members of the state hospice organization in Ohio and/or licensed by the state (88 hospice providers). Three questionnaires were utilized for collecting data. These questionnaires collected data on transformational leadership skills of participants, participants’ personal demographics, and their employer’s organizational demographics. Forty-seven hospice executives responded (53%). Key findings reported were high levels of transformational leadership skills (mean, 3.39), increased use of laissez-faire skills with years of hospice experience (P = .57), and positive reward being a frequent leadership technique utilized (mean, 3.29). In addition, this was the first study of leadership skills of hospice executives and the first formal collection of personal demographic data about hospice executives.
Longenecker, Paul D., "Evaluating Transformational Leadership Skills of Hospice Executives" (2006). Health and Sports Sciences Faculty Scholarship. Paper 6.
Longenecker, PD. "Evaluating Transformational Leadership Skills In Hospice Executives." American Journal Of Hospice & Palliative Medicine 23.3 (2006): 205-211.