Hi everyone, this is the second week of classes and everything is going well. As you can see I shared with you all my DISC personality results, as well as qualities of nursing leaders. Go ahead and check it out if you haven’t yet! For this entry I will reflect on the week, and share some of the information that I have learned.
First, the unit that we covered this week was about leadership. I learned many things about leadership through different assignments. One of the most important points I learned this week is that anyone is able to be a leader; they might have their own leadership styles as well. Just from taking the DISC personality tests it was apparent that the greatest organizations have a combinations of different types of leaders. I was also unaware of the different theories of leadership. Leaders can be distinguished into a different theory, or how an individual can perceive a leader can be put into a theory. Ultimately, a leader should be approachable, put the team first, and carry out decisions based upon members of the team.
Second, we had a group assignment this week where we discussed as a team who the leaders were based off a list of people. Of those people included Abe Lincoln, Buddha, Thomas Jefferson and so on. Due to this activity it allowed me to really determine who leaders are and who act more as inspirations, and how to differentiate the two. It was interesting listening to the different opinions from the people on the list, and it did change how I looked at leaders. Because of this group assignment it really helped me to look past accomplishments of people to determine if they are leaders, and to figure out what exactly they did for other people. Working as a group it was also interesting to see everyone’s leadership skills. This group assignment worked so well because I have a great team!
Third, I will be able to utilize this information going into my nursing practice. Just being aware of all the characteristics of great leaders such as getting opinions from teammates, maintaining integrity and honesty, and creating a positive atmosphere is going to improve my leadership immensely. I also understand what makes a poor leader, and can stray away from some of those characteristics such as blaming others, not owning up to mistakes, and having a lack of transparency. I also learned that as a leader, you need to be able to work with other leaders. This is so important in nursing as all your co-workers will have leadership-like characteristics, so you need to be able to work together.
Finally, this was such an interesting topic to cover. As a nurse I am going to have to act as a leader for many people – coworkers, patients, members of the community and many others. I wish that I had a whole section on leadership in high school and my previous college when I was performing in different sports as a captain. It would have helped me become a better leader for the team. Being as this is one of the first topics of this semester it is so useful. I will be working as a new graduate nurse soon and can implement it into my new job. Like I said, anyone can be a leader, however I think it requires experience and getting oriented with different situations to be a GREAT leader.