Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

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.

 

 

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Responsibility

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EXECUTING

People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

2

Achiever

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EXECUTING

People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

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Futuristic

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STRATEGIC THINKING

People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

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Connectedness

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RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

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Learner

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STRATEGIC THINKING

People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

 

Learning Resources: Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

Required Readings

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

Guidance Document: Student Long Guide

Guidance Document: Short Guide

 

Name: NURS_6053_Module03_Week06_Assignment_Rubric

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
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.

14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

The response accurately and thoroughly describes in detail a set of core values.

The response accurately and completely describes in detail a personal mission/vision statement.

12 (12%) – 13 (13%)

The response describes a set of core values.

The response describes a personal mission/vision statement.

11 (11%) – 11 (11%)

The response describes a set of core values that is vague or inaccurate.

The response describes a personal mission/vision statement that is vague or inaccurate.

0 (0%) – 10 (10%)

The response describes a set of core values that is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

The response describes a personal mission/vision statement that is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

·   Analysis of your CliftonStrengths Assessment summarizing the results of your profile.
·   A description of two key behaviors you wish to strengthen.
14 (14%) – 15 (15%)

The response accurately and completely provides an analysis and detailed summary of the CliftonStrengths Assessment.

The response accurately and thoroughly describes in detail two key behaviors to strengthen.

12 (12%) – 13 (13%)

The response accurately provides an analysis and summary of the CliftonStrengths Assessment.

The response describes two key behaviors to strengthen.

11 (11%) – 11 (11%)

The response provides an analysis and summary of the CliftonStrengths Assessment that is vague or inaccurate.

The response describes two key behaviors to strengthen that is vague or inaccurate.

0 (0%) – 10 (10%)

The response provides an analysis and summary of the CliftonStrengths Assessment that is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

The response describes two key behaviors to strengthen that is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

·   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. 50 (50%) – 55 (55%)

An accurate, complete, and detailed development plan is provided that thoroughly explains plans to improve upon the two key behaviors selected.

The responses accurately and thoroughly explain in detail plans on how to achieve a personal vision with specific and accurate examples.

The response includes a comprehensive synthesis of information gleaned from sources that fully support how to achieve a personal vision. Integrates 2 or more credible outside sources, in addition to 2 or 3 course-specific resources to fully support the responses provided.

44 (44%) – 49 (49%)

An accurate development plan is provided that explains plans to improve upon the two key behaviors selected.

The responses explain plans on how to achieve a personal vision and may include some specific examples.

The response includes a synthesis of information gleaned from sources that may support how to achieve a personal vision. Integrates 1 credible outside source, in addition to 2 or 3 course-specific resources which may support the responses provided.

39 (39%) – 43 (43%)

A development plan is provided that explains plans to improve upon the two key behaviors selected that is vague or inaccurate.

The responses explain plans on how to achieve a personal vision and may include some examples that are vague or inaccurate.

The response includes information gleaned from 2 or 3 sources that may support how to achieve a personal vision.

0 (0%) – 38 (38%)

A development plan is provided that explains plans to improve upon the two key behaviors selected that is vague and inaccurate, or is missing.

The responses explain plans on how to achieve a personal vision that is vague and inaccurate, does not include any examples, or is missing.

The response does not include any additional information gleaned from outside sources, or is missing.

Written Expression and Formatting – Paragraph Development and Organization:

Paragraphs make clear points that support well-developed ideas, flow logically, and demonstrate continuity of ideas. Sentences are carefully focused—neither long and rambling nor short and lacking substance. A clear and comprehensive purpose statement and introduction is provided which delineates all required criteria.

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity.

A clear and comprehensive purpose statement, introduction, and conclusion is provided which delineates all required criteria.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 80% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is stated, yet is brief and not descriptive.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity 60%–79% of the time.

Purpose, introduction, and conclusion of the assignment is vague or off topic.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Paragraphs and sentences follow writing standards for flow, continuity, and clarity < 60% of the time.

No purpose statement, introduction, or conclusion was provided.

Written Expression and Formatting – English writing standards:

Correct grammar, mechanics, and proper punctuation

5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation with no errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Contains a few (1 or 2) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Contains several (3 or 4) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Contains many (≥ 5) grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors that interfere with the reader’s understanding.

Written Expression and Formatting – The paper follows correct APA format for title page, headings, font, spacing, margins, indentations, page numbers, parenthetical/in-text citations, and reference list. 5 (5%) – 5 (5%)

Uses correct APA format with no errors.

4 (4%) – 4 (4%)

Contains a few (1 or 2) APA format errors.

3.5 (3.5%) – 3.5 (3.5%)

Contains several (3 or 4) APA format errors.

0 (0%) – 3 (3%)

Contains many (≥ 5) APA format errors.

Total Points: 100

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Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

A leader should have certain qualities to be successful. Several articles describe specific attributes and characteristics a leader should have to promote a healthy work environment (Blake, 2015). My top five themes were Responsibilities, Achiever, Futuristic, Connectedness, and Learner (StrengthsFinder, 2018).

 

My Strengths Finder Assessment

The Achiever theme is when people who are extraordinarily talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive (StrengthsFinder, 2018). The connectedness theme is when people who are extraordinarily talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason (StrengthsFinder, 2018). The Futuristic theme is when people who are extraordinarily talented in the Futuristic theme inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future (StrengthsFinder, 2018). Responsibility is when people who are extraordinarily talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty (StrengthsFinder, 2018). This is when people who are extraordinarily talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to improve continuously. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. (StrengthsFinder, 2018).

 

Core Values

Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person, and nurses and nurse leaders need to understand their core values and their professional values as they drive and motivate professional behaviors ((Poorchangizi et al.). My two core values identified in the Strength Finder Assessment are achievers and connectedness. As an individual, when I have a goal, I am determined to reach it. Being an achiever is reflected in my profession as a nurse. When there is an issue or goal to achieve, I work with others to organize and plan in order to be productive. My second core value is connectedness. I collaborate with the nursing team and believe that teamwork and effort will result in the best outcome for patient care. I am mindful of others and think that we all impact and influence each other.

Two Core Value to Strengthen

Successful leadership is always a product of ongoing self-assessment and self-awareness (Marshall & Broome, 2017). The two core values that I would like to strengthen will be futuristic and learner. I chose futuristic because there are times that I find myself working with a problematic coworker who refuses to be a team player. I don’t particularly appreciate working under such a negative atmosphere and will prefer to stay away from such a person when they pose to be complicated. I want to improve on this characteristic in other to see people or situations in a better state than what they are today. As a nurse, I need to strengthen this characteristic to help align and accomplish what needs to be done today to overcome obstacles and achieve a better tomorrow. The second core value to enhance will be a learner. As a nurse, we learn new things daily and interact with patients and other nurses from different cultures and religion. I need to improve my creativity and humor, which falls under the learner theme. Being that I interact with people from different cultures and religions, enhancing my sense of humor will help me in paying keen attention to what I am being taught and seeing things from a different angle. Improving and developing these skills will be beneficial as I continue to grow in my medical profession.

 

Two Characteristic

Two characteristics I would like to strengthen our professional integrity and trust. Trusting individuals that I do not work with on my shift is an obstacle and delegating to them sometimes is challenging. According to Bloom (2019), delegation to coworkers paves the way for effective and efficient leadership skills, as it utilizes others and provides opportunities for growth and improvement. Often, I find myself completing the task because I know that things will be done correctly. As a charge nurse, professional integrity, and trust are skills, and I must continue to assess and strengthen.

Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

 

References:

Blake, N. (2015). The nurse leaderʼs role in supporting healthy work environments. AACN     Advanced Critical Care, 26(3), 201-203. doi:10.1097/nci.0000000000000089.

Bloom, E. (2019). Better Delegation = Better Leadership: A productivity expert provides a roadmap to delegate tasks effectively. Nonprofit World, 37(3), 20–21. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=138285466&site=eds-live&scope=site

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Leadership [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Marshall, E., & Broome, M. (2017). Transformational leadership in nursing: From expert clinician to influential leader. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Poorchangizi, B., Farokhzadian, J., Abbaszadeh,, A., Mirzaee, M., &Borhani, F. (2017).The importance of professional values from clinical nurses’ perspective in hospitals of a medical university in Iran. BioMed Central Medical Ethics18(20).

doi:10.1186/s12910-017-0178-9

Strengths Finder: Gallup. (2019). Retrieved from https://walden.gallup.com

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