Leadership in Public Health: Provider Perspectives

  • Allison F. Wagner Department of Psychology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
  • Danilyn Galvez Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
  • Claudio R. Nigg Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa


The role of public health leaders in shaping decision- and policymaking remains a critical task that encompasses many qualities. The current report attempts to capture the perspectives about this task from those working in the community in Hawai‘i. Methods: This is a qualitative descriptive study design. Participants (n=115; 84.3% female; mean age=42.3 [SD = 12.3] years) generated lists of qualities they identified as critical for leadership and developed definitions of a public health leader. Data were coded thematically. Rating differences were subsequently discussed and converged to 100% interrater reliability in thematic ratings. Results: The most often cited theme in the leadership qualities highlighted a more general skill set, including organizational ability, being reliable, and being consistent (N=29, 25.44%). The most cited theme amongst the definitions was the ability to work with others and bring a team together (N=37, 31.09%). Of note are several differences from the literature, including having a community orientation, impact, integrity, and being a strategic thinker. Conclusion: The awareness of these perspectives and ability to integrate this information into one’s personal leadership style may help shape those individuals hoping to lead the field in the future.
How to Cite
Wagner, A. F., Galvez, D., & Nigg, C. R. (2020). Leadership in Public Health: Provider Perspectives. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 18(1), 60-64. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v18i1.2455