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Modern Leadership Styles: What Makes a Good Leader in Healthcare Management

Identify and develop powerful strategies to manage the challenges facing today’s leaders and managers in healthcare.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

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Learn to to manage the challenges facing leaders and managers in healthcare

What are the priorities facing managers and leaders in contemporary healthcare, and how can you effectively navigate them?

This self-paced healthcare management course will contextualise the global challenges faced by health service leaders and managers in the 21st century.

You’ll discover how appraising relevant theories, devising arguments to defend your strategies, and displaying certain characteristics can help you be a more effective and successful leader on a global stage.

How to succeed in global healthcare management

What does the future look like for healthcare leaders – and how can you prepare?

On this course, you’ll learn how good leaders and managers operate in a global context.

You’ll have the opportunity to examine the role of leadership framed through healthcare in the 21st century, exploring the fundamental challenges that leaders face internationally.

Learn from critical management strategies and leadership theories

Critical analysis is key to becoming a better leader. This course will show you how to analyse different management theories and effective leadership styles in healthcare.

You’ll also get to grips with the qualities of the contemporary healthcare leader, and ask: what are the characteristics of a leader, and how can I take these on in my own career?

Begin your own leadership journey

Leadership careers are made over years of learning, skill building, and experience. Once you have reviewed the theory, you will have the chance to consider your own personal leadership journey.

You’ll look at the future for healthcare leaders, and reflect on how your own career fits into that vision.


  • Week 1

    Healthcare leadership challenges in a global context

    • Introduction to the 21st century healthcare leadership role

      What skills, attributes and strategies are required for the successful leader and manager of today?

    • Leadership and management in a global context

      We now bring your focus to look outward at the global context.

    • Key challenges facing Global Healthcare Leaders and Managers

      Key challenges healthcare leaders and managers may face during their leadership journey.

    • Key characteristics of the modern healthcare leader

      The key skills, characteristics and qualities of a modern-day healthcare leader.

    • Summary of Week 1

      In this section we look back on what we have learned and what we will learn next week.

  • Week 2

    Looking back and moving forward

    • Introduction to Week 2

      The complexity of healthcare can be explored through the application of theories and models to demystify the features required by today’s leader.

    • Critical analysis of leadership styles and theories for the 21st Century healthcare leader

      Appraisal of relevant theories that support healthcare leadership in the modern world

    • What does the future look like for healthcare leaders – how can we prepare?

      A look into the future of healthcare leadership for modern healthcare leaders whilst addressing some of the potential strategies required to be effective and successful on a global stage in the future.

    • Summary of Week 2

      In this section we look back on what we have learned and what we will learn next week.

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand leadership and management in a global healthcare context
  • Critically appraise leadership and management theories for the 21st Century Healthcare Leader
  • Identify personal areas for development to be a modern healthcare leader
  • Explore the challenges facing global Healthcare Leaders and managers today
  • Devise and sustain arguments for the necessary characteristics and strategies of a modern healthcare leader

Who is the course for?

This ExpertTrack is designed for students or healthcare professionals, administrators wishing to progress into middle or senior management roles, as well as policy makers, executives, consultants, and service providers in the health sector.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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About this ExpertTrack

Discover how to enhance your emerging healthcare management career through practical leadership theories and personal development.

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  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
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  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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