Before engaging in this week’s assignments, I had previously been given little opportunity to discover what successful leadership looked like, in my eyes. However, after completing the assignments, readings, and videos for week two, I was able to gain important insight as to what successful leadership entails. To begin the lesson, I had the opportunity to watch the movie Ender’s Game. Throughout this movie, there were many styles of leadership presented and I was able to quickly recognize that some styles were more effective, when compared to others. Therefore, as a result of watching Ender’s Game, I was able to visualize which types of leadership styles allowed for more successful team collaboration, healthy relationships, and desired outcomes. In the end, I was able to learn and gain important insight into which types of leadership styles I want to emulate, within my own practice and personal life.
As this week’s lesson progressed, I had the opportunity to participate in multiple other assignments associated with leadership. The second assignment I completed was the DISC Personality Test. This test provided me with useful insight about which type of leadership style I primarily have. Without engaging in this assignment, I would not have as great of an understanding of how to utilize my personality, in order to become a more effective leader. Another assignment I was able to complete, was called Characteristics of Leaders. For this assignment, I was able to formulate my own definitions, related to how nurses can emulate leadership characteristics. This assignment allowed me to learn how I would, personally, apply each definition into my own practice.
During this module, I was also able to participate in a group discussion. Within this group discussion, we were given a list of individuals throughout history. As a group, it was our job to decide which individuals, from the list, we considered leaders. Once I began to read through the names, it was clear that each person exhibited leadership qualities, whether good or bad. However, when deciding who I believed was a leader, I based my decisions off of whether their leadership styles have had a lasting impact among society. As a result, the leaders that I chose were Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Florence Nightingale.
As with any group discussion, we each provided our input about why we believed certain individuals were leaders. During this assignment, it was interesting to hear my teammates feedback as to why other individuals should be considered leaders, as well. In fact, once they debated and discussed their reasons, I found myself changing my mind as to why other individuals should be considered. At the beginning of this assignment, I had my singular point-of-view, of what leadership qualities consisted of. However, being able to engage in a team discussion, allowed me to view many other important qualities of leaders. As a result, my viewpoint on leadership characteristics has expanded and changed.
There are many ways that I will be able to utilize the information I learned throughout this lesson, within my nursing practice. First, I was able to gain important insight, through watching Ender’s Game, as to how different leadership styles can make or break a team. As a result, I want to strive to become the type of leader that Ender Wiggin was. Within my nursing practice, I will strive to lead with humility. I believe an important aspect of being a leader, is to remain humble. Many individuals become boastful and prideful as leaders, which makes them unapproachable, as well as feared. Secondly, I want to remain open-minded as a leader. For me, this means that I am coherent to other suggestions. I do not want to be the type of leader that believes my answers and solutions are always right. Instead, I believe that gaining insight from other team members can lead to better outcomes, compared to trying to solve a problem on my own.
Another way that I will utilize the information I learned, within my nursing practice, is through having a greater understanding of the type of leader that I am. Once I took the DISC Personality Test, I discovered that I primarily had a conscientious personality type. Now that I am aware of this information, I am better able to distinguish how to lead, based on my personality traits. For example, for my specific personality type, I am extremely given to detail. However, as a leader, I need to realize that other individuals may not exhibit my level of attention to detail. As a result, I need to learn to be more patient and recognize that other individuals are still capable of producing quality work. Without taking the DISC Personality Test, I wouldn’t have gained insight into this information.
Overall, I enjoyed completing this lesson’s assignments. Within the nursing profession, being able to be a successful leader is very important. However, before completing this lesson, I was unaware of how to become an effective leader. Now that I have participated in team discussions about leadership, completed assignments related to my own leadership qualities, and watched videos about different leadership styles, I now have a greater understanding of what it entails to be a leader. Overall, I have gained immeasurable amounts of insight as to the type of leader I want to strive to become, which may have never occurred if I did not have the opportunity to participate in this lesson.