Journal of Healthcare Leadership
Journal of Healthcare Leadership
Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies Many of us can think of leaders we have come to admire, be they historical figures, pillars of the industry we work in, or leaders we know personally. The leadership of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and Margaret Thatcher has been studied and discussed repeatedly. However, you may have interacted with leaders you feel demonstrated equally competent leadership without ever having a book written about their approaches. What makes great leaders great? Every leader is different, of course, but one area of commonality is the leadership philosophy that great leaders develop and practice. A leadership philosophy is basically an attitude held by leaders that acts as a guiding principle for their behavior. While formal theories on leadership continue to evolve over time, great leaders seem to adhere to an overarching philosophy that steers their actions. What is your leadership philosophy? In this Assignment, you will explore what guides your own leadership. To Prepare: • Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments. • Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for review. • Reflect on your results of the CliftonStrengths Assessment, and consider how the results relate to your leadership traits. The Assignment (2-3 pages): Personal Leadership Philosophies Develop and submit a personal leadership philosophy that reflects what you think are characteristics of a good leader. Use the scholarly resources on leadership you selected to support your philosophy statement. Your personal leadership philosophy should include the following: • A description of your core values • A personal mission/vision statement • An analysis of your CliftonStrengths Assessment summarizing the results of your profile • A description of two key behaviors that you wish to strengthen • A development plan that explains how you plan to improve upon the two key behaviors you selected and an explanation of how you plan to achieve your personal vision. Be specific and provide examples. • Be sure to incorporate your colleagues’ feedback on your CliftonStrengths Assessment from this Module’s Discussion 2. The summary of the analysis of my CliftonStrengths Assessment Results is attached and tagged as: Ex. 1. This is where you will find my two key behaviors that I want to strengthen. READINGS/RESOURCES Marshall, E., & Broome, M. (2017). Transformational leadership in nursing: From expert clinician to influential leader (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer. • Chapter 1, “Expert Clinician to Transformational Leader in a Complex Health Care Organization: Foundations” (pp. 7–20 ONLY) • Chapter 6, “Frameworks for Becoming a Transformational Leader” (pp. 145–170) • Chapter 7, “Becoming a Leader: It’s All About You” (pp. 171–194) Duggan, K., Aisaka, K., Tabak, R. G., Smith, C., Erwin, P., & Brownson, R. C. (2015). Implementing administrative evidence-based practices: Lessons from the field in six local health departments across the United States. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1). doi:10.1186/s12913-015-0891-3. Retrieved from https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-015-0891-3 Resources for the StrengthsFinder Assessment Tool Strengths Finder: Gallup. (2018). Retrieved from https://walden.gallup.com Journal of Healthcare Leadership
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Leadership can be defined as the act of having command over a large group of people. Leadership has been in existence from the origin of the universe with examples to the biblical examples of great leaders like Moses, who led the Israelites from Egypt to Cannan. However, it is essential to note that leadership does not always mean having power over a large number of people but the ability to make decisions that can be useful for a group of people (Blake, 2015).
Some of the factors that determine the ability of a person to be a leader are personal attributes. Therefore, a person’s character greatly determines the possibility and capacity to have the leadership skills. The topic of leadership philosophies is an important area of discussion because a harmonious and peaceful coexistence between the people is determined by the leadership principles of those in power (Blake, 2015). Also, an important take away is that great leaders are products of a process that is defined by displacing and determination. In history, for instance, the great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi is one of the many leaders of his time worthy of being given as an example.Journal of Healthcare Leadership
Personal Strengths Leadership Philosophies
As a nurse, I am virtually a leader of many people who I interact with daily. As a nurse, I make important decisions that help to improve the health and well-being of my patients, who, to some extent, am their leader. My core values in my practice are honesty and social justice (Aij & Rapsaniotis, 2017). I prefer these two core values because they significantly determine my practice and the well-being of my patients. At the hospital, honesty is one of the crucial rules that govern nursing. For instance, before a patient undergoes any medical procedure, as a nurse, I must be open and tell them the truth. Also, during my practice, I must uphold social justice at the maximum as it directs the quality of services I offer.
My vision is to promote a friendly patient-nurse relationship in line with promoting health and quick recovery to the patients. The patient-nurse relationship is pivotal in fostering speedy recovery, reducing patient pain, and improved care provider services. Therefore, to create an excellent patient-nurse relationship is the preliminary step towards a sustainable and improved healthcare system. For instance, a poor patient-nurse relationship is the leading cause of patient adherence to the treatment regimens prescribed by healthcare providers. This is because a bad relationship hinders trustworthiness between the patient and the attending nurse.
Analysis of Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment
According to StrengthsFinder, 2018, five themes promote leadership qualities among people. The themes include responsibility, futuristic, achiever, learner, and connectedness (Gallup, 2017). Responsibility is the psychologically induced act where a person takes ownership of a difficult situation and try handling it as if it were theirs. Responsibility is attached to some other values, which include mindfulness and compassion (Gallup, 2017). Besides, futuristic is the aspect of focusing and contemplating on what is likely to happen in the future. Futuristic individuals work hard to overcome difficulties that may exist in the future.
Also, achievers are a group of people who embrace hard work in an attempt to achieve specific goals. Just like futuristic, achievers work extra hard to meet the expectations and targets they set. Another strength is connectedness; connectedness is the ability of people to create links among themselves (Gallup, 2017). It includes working in teamwork and corporation within the group to achieve specific set targets and goals. Lastly, the learner there is a special theme concerned with the act of gaining new knowledge towards doing things. Learner knowledge is especially essential as it is the central theme behind many discoveries.Journal of Healthcare Leadership
As an individual, I have the urge to improving on two main leadership skills that will help me meet the standards of the leaders I have admired in the likes of Mahatma Gandhi. The skills are learner and connectedness (Aij & Rapsaniotis, 2017). The two skills are especially important in the nursing area of practice in the following areas. First, to be a learner will enhance the knowledge of other skills, which can improve the nursing practice. At the same time, connectedness is very critical as it enhances teamwork and group work, which is pivotal to the enhancement of health.
In achieving the processes of strengthening the two skills, I will employ strategic plans, which will include developing an interest to anything that seems beneficial or helpful as a way of learning (Aij & Rapsaniotis, 2017). Most of the medical breakthroughs in health just rose from simple interests in minute occurrences, such as the discovery of penicillin. Therefore, interest will be very important in achieving the aspects of a learner. Besides, to achieve connectedness, I will form and join existing groups to increase the chances of being connected to other people and other aspects.
Aij, K. H., & Rapsaniotis, S. (2017). Leadership requirements for Lean versus servant leadership in health care: a systematic review of the literature. Journal of healthcare leadership, 9, 1.
Blake, N. (2015). The nurse leaderʼs role in supporting healthy work environments. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 26(3), 201-203.
Gallup (Ed.). (2017). CliftonStrengths for students: Your strengths journey begins here. Simon and Schuster.
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