Running head: COMBINING NURSE LEADER WITH ADVOCACY 1 Combining Nurse Leader with Advocacy Grand Canyon University: NRS-440VN 2017
COMBINING NURSE LEADER WITH ADVOCACY Combining Nurse Leader with Advocacy Everyone wonders what kind of leader they will be. It is easy to criticizes those that are in charge and think we could do a better job, but could we? There are some common characteristics of good leaders such as good communication, fosters inquiry, compassion, professional pride, solution oriented, and committed to the team (Morgan, 2010). My father always told me you can learn something from everyone, even if it’s not how to act. I have carried this with me my whole life, and I think it has enabled me to keep a certain perspective towards the bad leaders I have encountered. One of my favorite quotes is from Aristotle, “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” A good way to discover one’s strengths and weaknesses is though the “Nurse Manager Skills Inventory". This tool is designed to be completed by a manager, she then shares it with her supervisor and together they design a career pathway (American Association of Critical-Care Nurses [AACN] and American Association of Nurse Executives [AONE], 2006). The following paper discusses my strength and weaknesses in four areas, how I will use leadership skills to advocate change, and identify one personal goal. Personal and Professional Accountability Creating a good leader begins with understanding oneself. “Personal mastery is a critical component for leadership success. Outstanding leaders demonstrate self-confidence and are able to trust and empower others” (Sherman & Pross, 2010, p.4). The results of this section surprised
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