Nursing is a very challenging and demanding career, however I feel the rewards have been great and that my education has thoroughly prepared me to embark on this career. I really enjoy being able to help and care for people, and the field of nursing allows me to connect with patients on a personal and in-depth level that appeals to me greatly and drew me to this field over a decade ago.
This course has taught me a great deal about leadership, both theory and practice, and about myself. I would describe my own leadership style as a combination of both task and relationship styles. On the task side, I like to plan out things in advance before starting a task, and I believe very strongly in seeing a task through to completion. On the relationship side, I do believe in engaging with employees, helping them to master the skills they need to operate effectively, and treating them with dignity and respect. However, I don’t believe it is necessary for a leader in a workplace environment to be friends with their employees, particularly because this could get in the way of the effective exercise of their authority.
We have learned many things about being a good leader in this course. First, we learned that it is common for people to rate their own skills as being higher than they really are in life. This was a good start for learning about the ways that we need to change our thinking if we want to be good leaders. In order to avoid the problems that can happen due to these judgement errors, a good leader needs to be very aware of the effects on their own decisions, so that they do not believe their own skills to be greater than in reality and so that they do not expect too much from the people they are leading. Plus, it is not possible to improve our weaknesses if we do not know about them.