When considering how to best prepare for a leadership role, it is critical to look beyond your previous accomplishments. How did you manage to complete those tasks? How did you treat your coworkers during the process? Excellent leaders make a difference in their organization by demonstrating the following characteristics and qualities.
1. Demonstrating Humility
True healthcare leaders do not consider themselves to be superior to others. Instead, they understand their team’s inner workings and value everyone’s contribution. Leaders admit when they don’t have all the answers, showing their colleagues respect and genuine appreciation by asking questions and listening to their perspectives. Their team members, in turn, reciprocate this trust and respect.
2. Having a Clear Vision
Healthcare leaders must be visionaries who see the big picture and set ambitious goals to influence and lead a team positively. Leaders guide their teams to progress on their patient and business goals by staying focused on their vision, even when being pulled in multiple directions.
3. Functioning as a Mentor3
Good leaders are excellent mentors. They share their knowledge and experience with their colleagues and serve as cultural role models for the organization. Mentors can impact a healthcare student’s professional development and personally advise their staff. Healthcare executives make an effort to communicate with their mentees, offering support, connecting them with resources, and assisting them in defining their career goals.
4. Displaying Integrity
A good leader is aware of their inner values and acts by them. As a result, they are trustworthy not only to their colleagues but also to their patients. Honesty with patients entails doing what you say you’ll do, and this Integrity contributes to a healthy relationship with everyone.
5. The Importance of Collaboration
Great leaders value collaboration. They recognize that an interprofessional work environment, in which clinicians from various disciplines collaborate rather than work in silos, is associated with better patient outcomes. Collaboration allows clinicians to agree on the best treatment approach and communicate more effectively during patient handoffs.
Goal: To assess own leadership skills.
Determine your preferred leadership style using The Foundation of Nursing Leadership’s Leadership Development – Test One – What is your leadership style? (Links to an external site.)
Analyze your leadership’s skills based on your self-assessment.
Identify strengths and opportunities for improvement based on your self-assessment.
Create an action plan to address self-assessment capitalizing on strengths and addressing opportunities for improvement.
The work is to be clear and concise, and students will lose points for improper grammar, punctuation and misspelling.
The work is to be 2 – 3 pages in length, excluding the title, abstract and references page.
Incorporate a minimum of 3 current (published within last five years) scholarly journal articles or primary legal sources (statutes, court opinions) within your work.
Journal articles and books should be referenced according to current APA style (the library has a copy of the APA Manual).
Your work should be formatted per current APA and references should be current (published within last five years) scholarly journal articles or primary legal sources (statutes, court opinions)