After learning about leadership this week I learned that I have the qualities to be a good leader but in actuality I don’t like to lead. People have always told me I am a good leader and people look up to me and I usually just shrug it off because I don’t like it. I think it is because I don’t like the pressure of being a leader. I feel like others rely on you and I am scared to mess up. I know I need to put myself out there more because I can do it and I am good at it! I also learned this week that leadership and management go hand in hand. I had never really thought of that before but to lead people you also have to manage them.
I liked the team project this week. I always get a little nervous with team projects because most of the time their are people that don’t pull their weight I didn’t notice that this week, HALLELUJAH! I thought it was interesting how we went about the assignment this week. We had to agree on who we considered leaders out of a large group of people. We were wondering how it would be best to come to a consensus and Alexis and I decided to do it democratic style. Each person in our group put a star by who they thought was a leader. Whoever had 3+ stars (majority rule), would be considered a leader by our group. I just thought it was interesting that we used a democratic leadership when doing an assignment on leadership. I wouldn’t say my opinions changed because I was in agreement with most of the others in the group.
I will take the information I learned and try to apply it in my job. Since I am a brand new nurse, I am VERY intimidated and don’t feel very qualified. I need to use my traits to my benefit and show my manager and co-workers that I can be a leader when I need to be. I think once I have more experience on the floor, I will get more comfortable every shift. I also am going to not be afraid to question my leaders in the future. I sometimes have issues questioning authority because I don’t want the backlash. However, I know that if I have a question about how things are ran, it is in the best interest of my co-workers, the patients, and the hospital to speak up because others might have the same thoughts.
I feel that the material covered this week was definitely beneficial and informative. I think it will help me in my nursing career because nurses are definitely leaders. I had never really thought of nurses as leaders until we did that assignment explaining why nurses were leaders in the 12 different subjects. It made me think outside the box and I learned there are a lot of qualities that go into leadership. It isn’t just control or guiding others. It is having values, mastering tasks, serving others, continually learning and portraying knowledge, making effective decisions, and being honest. I learned more about myself and which areas I can improve on in leadership.