Self-Reflection: Supporting Professional Leadership

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Self-Reflection: Personal Leadership Supporting Professional Leadership The leadership of advanced practice nurses plays an important role in the future care delivered to patients within a society so badly in need of healthcare improvements and reform. The challenge is to further develop all nurses and their abilities to be truly transformational in this process. Advanced practice nurses can serve as complexity leaders and role models for the entire nursing profession, which will ensure excellent patient care outcomes from various spectrums of the discipline. In addition, nurses compose the majority of health-care professionals practicing today, therefore transformational nurses can exert their positive influences on the health-care delivery…show more content…
A “delegative” leadership style was predominately reflected in my answers. A delegative leader recognizes individuals’ expertise and knowledge, and allows group members to make decisions for the team. However, in a delegative role, the leader tends to be less controlling I believe. Interestingly enough, I was considering myself to be more of a “participatory” leader. I took the test a second time at a later date, and indeed the scores had changed to reflect this. Overall, I consider myself to be “democractic” and place value on working as a team and sharing ideas. I also am a strong advocate for the majority vote in determining the answer for a large decision. I feel that perhaps I would use situational leadership skills to best meet the issues at hand, and would use transformational leadership skills to gain a better understanding of the strengths of the team. Once relationships were built and mutual trust and respect were developed, a gradual progression to a complete self-governance method would be the goal. However this doesn’t fully demonstrate a complexity leadership style. Crowell (2011) states that situational leadership has, “the theme of the leader choosing the style and action from a position of authority and…is somewhat removed from relationships with others” (p. 76). It is at this point, that I must disagree with this theory. From a realistic standpoint, I cannot…show more content…
What I have to remember is that “balance is a dynamic, not a static process,” (Crowell, 2011, p. 175). Currently in my life, it is reasonable to have imbalance when comparing work to leisure time, for example. Realistically, although I have congruence between my values and my actions, I am simply re-prioritizing my time in order to achieve my short-term and long-term goals. I am a full-time graduate student, a wife, a mother of four beautiful children, and I continue to work in a busy Emergency Department! I am being pulled into many different directions and sometimes feel “spread thin”. The Wheel of Life revealed what I already was aware of – I do not spend enough time in the self-care area of exercise and could improve on finding more means of stress reduction. I do not have a lot of personal or leisure time. This has been replaced with school work, but in order to foster my family relationships that I highly value, I give my extra time to them. I value my personal relationships with my family, and plan to multi-task and incorporate exercise as a family event in order to further address everyone’s needs. For example, my daughter and I plan to do yoga together, and the entire family plans to go on family bike rides this summer. In addition, my husband and I continue to be creative in setting aside time for ourselves, often having to do a

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