HCA 450: Leadership in HCA

Course Description

This course explores the theories and concepts of leadership used in today’s healthcare environment.  Students will look at challenges and opportunities as a healthcare leader in managing teams. Topics include emotional intelligence, change management, ethics, values, leadership styles, and team building.  Students will gain skills to become an effective leader in diverse healthcare environments. (3 credits)


  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Associated Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Evaluate several leadership styles utilized in healthcare leadership.
  2. Discuss healthcare leadership theories and concepts.
  3. Explain the factors that influence leadership effectiveness
  4. Develop leadership skills to be applied to health care leadership roles.
  5. Discuss ethical expectations for healthcare leaders and managers.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Compare various leadership theories in relation to healthcare leadership.
  2. Compare and contrast the roles of a leader and a manager.
  3. Assess the importance of the leader/follower feedback loop.
  4. Analyze the role emotional intelligence plays in leadership.
  5. Examine the idea of commitment to healthcare organizations.
  6. Discuss some of the challenges faced by healthcare leaders.
  7. Develop a leadership toolkit with resources for future leadership career.
  8. Discuss characteristics, traits, and values of a healthcare leader.
  9. Compare a variety of viewpoints on leadership.
  10. Compare leadership styles of famous leaders.
  11. Conclude which leadership style is most effective.
  12. Assess the value of ethics in leadership.
  13. Explain the factors that influence team effectiveness.
  14. Examine a case study and develop a project plan related to a healthcare issue.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading


Discussions (240 Pts, Weeks 1-8)


Written Assignments (200 Pts, Weeks 1 and 5)


Case Studies (300 Pts, Weeks 2, 4 and 7)


Leadership Toolkit (260 Pts, Weeks, 3, 6 and 8)




Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Dye, Carson F. (2017). Leadership in Healthcare: Essential Values and Skills (3rd Edition). Health Administration Press. ISBN: 9781567938463

Course Schedule




Readings and Exercises




1, 2

Topics: Leadership Theories and Concepts

  • Readings:
    • Dye, Chapter 1
    • Dye, Chapter 2
    • PDF Speech by Carson Dye
    • Mindtool Activity
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Discussion Board –Manager vs Leader
  • Review Lecture material
  • Written Assignment: Leadership Theories




Topics: Leadership Success and Emotional Intelligence

  • Readings:
    • Dye, Chapter 11
    • Dye, Chapter 12
    • PDF Successfully Managing Emotions
    • Mindtool Activities
  • Review Lecture material
  • Discussion Board- Feedback loop
  • Case Study 11.1 and 12.1




Topic: Leadership Performance

  • Readings:
    • Dye, Chapter 5
    • PDF The Challenges of Leadership
  • Review Lecture material
  • Discussion Board - Leadership challenges
  • Leadership Toolkit Progress report




Topic: Leadership Values

  • Readings:
    • Dye, Chapter 3
    • Dye, Chapter 4
    • PDF The Future of Healthcare Leadership
  • Review Lecture material
  • Discussion Board- Values of Leaders
  • Case Study 4.1




Topic: Leadership Styles

  • Readings:
    • Dye, Chapter 6
    • Dye, Chapter 9
    • PDF Leadership Styles for Healthcare
  • Review Lecture material
  • Discussion Board- Leadership Styles
  • Written Assignment: Leadership Styles




Topics: Ethics and Change

  • Readings:
    • Dye, Chapter 7
    • Dye, Chapter 10
    • PDF How Ethical Leadership Shapes Employees’ Readiness to Change
  • Review Lecture material
  • Discussion Board- Ethics in Leadership
  • Leadership Toolkit Progress Report




Topic: Building Team Responsiveness

  • Readings:
    • Dye, Chapter 8
    • Dye, Chapter 13
    • PDF Health Care Professional Development
  • Review Lecture material
  • Discussion Board-Team Effectiveness
  • Case Study- Team Effectiveness for Solving Healthcare Issues




Topic: Conclusions

  • Readings:
    • No assigned readings this week.
  • Review Lecture material
  • Discussion Board- Leadership Toolkit
  • Leadership Toolkit (4 parts completed)
  • Complete Course Evaluation


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