Online Course
Select the Leadership Approach
The next step towards leadership effectiveness is to select the leadership approach that best fits the leadership situation

1.5-2 hours





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Jason Giesbrecht
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Senior healthcare leader and physiotherapist with more than 25 years of experience

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There is often a gap between knowing about leadership and actually doing the leading. Bridging this gap can help rehabilitation professionals become capable and influential leaders in their field. To make effective decisions, leaders must be able to assess the situation, select a leadership approach, implement this approach and then learn from the experience. This course, the second in a four-part series, looks specifically at this second step of selecting the appropriate leadership approach. There are many different approaches to leadership, all of which have specific risks and challenges. This course will introduce eight of the most common leadership styles and explore how they relate to real-world situations.


This course aims to help leaders determine the optimal leadership approach based on their assessment and understanding of a situation.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Activity
  3. Reading activity
  4. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe leadership style, theory, and competency
  • discuss eight leadership approaches, including their key attributes, risks and challenges
  • explain how Situation Awareness and Reality Testing can be applied to the selection of a leadership approach
  • select the optimal leadership approach for a leadership situation based on a case scenario
  • choose an appropriate course of action when the leadership approach and the situation do not perfectly align
Featured reviews
This course boosts my confidence to scale up and take leadership roles.
Lakshmanan Kumaresan
United Kingdom
It was the best course that I’ve ever done! It enlightens my ways of thinking and my understanding of leadership and leading.
Gift Maminza
South Africa