Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies

Many of us can think of leaders we have come to admire, be they historical figures, pillars of the industry we work in, or leaders we know personally. The leadership of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln and Margaret Thatcher has been studied and discussed repeatedly. However, you may have interacted with leaders you feel demonstrated equally competent leadership without ever having a book written about their approaches.

What makes great leaders great? Every leader is different, of course, but one area of commonality is the leadership philosophy that great leaders develop and practice. A leadership philosophy is basically an attitude held by leaders that acts as a guiding principle for their behavior. While formal theories on leadership continue to evolve over time, great leaders seem to adhere to an overarching philosophy that steers their actions.

What is your leadership philosophy? In this Assignment, you will explore what guides your own leadership.

To Prepare:

  • Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments.
  • Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for review.
  • Reflect on your results of the CliftonStrengths Assessment*, and consider how the results relate to your leadership traits.

The Assignment (2-3 pages):

Personal Leadership Philosophies

Develop and submit a personal leadership philosophy that reflects what you think are characteristics of a good leader. Use the scholarly resources on leadership you selected to support your philosophy statement. Your personal leadership philosophy should include the following:

  • A description of your core values.
  • A personal mission and vision statement.
  • An analysis of your CliftonStrengths Assessment summarizing the results of your profile
  • A description of two key behaviors that you wish to strengthen.
  • A development plan that explains how you plan to improve upon the two key behaviors you selected and an explanation of how you plan to achieve your personal vision. Be specific and provide examples.
  • Be sure to incorporate your colleagues’ feedback on your CliftonStrengths Assessment.

Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies Many of us can think of leaders we have come to admire, be they historical figures, pillars of the industry we work in, or leaders we know personally. The
STRENGTHSFINDER ASSESSMENT ANALYSIS NAME: INSTITUTION COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE: INSTRUCTOR’S NAME: DUE DATE: STRENGTHSFINDER ASSESSMENT ANALYSIS The results After completing my evaluation from the StrengthsFinder website, I have found several top themes, including; consistency, harmony, futuristic, arranger, and include. According to McCauley et al. (2020), by identifying one’s core, we can understand how to develop our talents, improve our strengths and make a fine-tuned performance. Therefore I am glad that the assessment has helped me understand my potential characteristics, weaknesses, and strengths that are significant to improving my future career. Based on the assessment, I believe I can make a great leader; firstly, through “inclusivity” skills, I can ensure that everyone feels like part of a group and understands Gallup Strengths Finder [assessment Tool]. (2022). Core values In my previous roles as a supervisor, I helped create teamwork and cohesion within my group by ensuring everyone was involved when setting the group’s goals, objectives, and milestones which is among my core values. Additionally, I ensured that people utilized their strengths and weaknesses for the group’s success. I also believe my value of harmony is excellent for the group’s success. As a supervisor, I always want to ensure that there is open communication and a rapid feedback system. It helps prevent potential conflicts or inconsistencies that may lower my team’s productivity. Furthermore, I am always active in scanning for potential conflicts within the team and help to mediate the situation to find a neutral course of action. I understand that unresolved conflicts may often escalate into physical conflicts, negatively impacting the team’s success. McCauley et al. (2020). Strengths Firstly, I think that my futuristic theme is also great as a leader. Leaders are often required to ‘think outside the box by developing objectives that may seem unachievable by other team members. Therefore as a leader, I usually develop a comprehensive picture of where I would like to see my team in the next few months. The picture is dependent on the strengths and weaknesses of my team. Through my futuristic thinking, I can help other practitioners to understand how to manage their weaknesses, thus energizing them to become more productive. The second strength is that I am a great conductor, especially when exposed to challenging situations within the workplace. I usually like to weigh my potential options and then determine the most effective option. Additionally, when exposed to a challenging condition, I usually like to be flexible to newer ideas and develop a plan with short milestones that enable me to achieve the predetermined goals. Characteristics The primary characteristics that enable me to become a great leader include avoiding conflicts and avoiding getting emotional. The primary issue with our work is that we are often exposed to confrontation with the managers and employees. However, I usually like to avoid getting emotional or biased against others. It has helped me avoid potential career conflicts that may have lowered my output. Additionally, there is also a need to avoid situations where one does not feel comfortable. Whenever I feel conflicted with other people, there is a need for a second option of inviting mediators to help determine the best solution to the problem. Ulrich et al. (2019). References Gallup Strengths Finder [assessment Tool]. (2022). Published instrument. https://walden.gallup.com/application/strenghtsquest#home McCauley, L., Kirwan, M., Riklikiene, O., & Hinno, S. (2020). A scoping review: the role of the nurse manager as represented in the missed care literature. Journal of nursing management, 28(8), 1770-1782. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/jonm.13011?casa_token=AAIqV0ud7_0AAAAA:tQg4gKfOB_7o-UoTbAcrNY05vYDO0EP1-Y8SMVui5ZcXU4ljclYfA__bVFvlcuPBrQUcMMiyK_-p6Q Ulrich, B., Barden, C., Cassidy, L., & Varn-Davis, N. (2019). Frontline nurse manager and chief nurse executive skills: perceptions of direct care nurses. Nurse Leader, 17(2), 109-112. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1541461218304051
Assignment: Personal Leadership Philosophies Many of us can think of leaders we have come to admire, be they historical figures, pillars of the industry we work in, or leaders we know personally. The
FEEDBACK 1 Shannon,           Good afternoon. I really enjoyed reading several peoples assessment responses. I feel as if it is a way to become more aware of who my classmates are. I do not like that I do not get to meet my classmates, so this makes it feel a little more personal.  As you stated, developing trusting relationships is essential when it comes to being a leader. According to Speechia, 2021, leaders play significant roles in creating and the maintenance of healthy and a good work environment. When people know they can trust and rely on others it makes for a much better team. When working together comes easy then great patient care is easy to provide.  I had never taken one of these prior to this class. However, according to Seemiller, 2017, multiple universities use these strength finders as tools to recognize talents and weaknesses. I have enjoyed reading them and seeing the different answers people got. FEEDBACK 2 Hello Shannon, thank you for the detailed post. As rightly said, a leader that understands his or her core values will have the self-awareness and support necessary to lead their team successfully. As such, the leader will be flexible to adjust to organizational changes or among their teams (Vender, 2015). Therefore, your core value of involving the team members in the decisions, goals, objectives, and milestones are signs of a transformational leadership style. Leaders that prepare their team members for changes in their work environment and involve them in how to adapt to these changes are investing in their subordinates and empowering them to be futuristic. Leaders are to invest in their team, advocate for their professional and personal growth as well as have the interest of their organizations by considering the vision, mission, and goals at heart, with the patients’ safety at the center being an essential player in the industry (Raso et al., 2020). Nurses spend more time with the patients; therefore, they should be allowed to be part of the decision-making concerning their best outcomes. As such, a leader that incorporates their team members in the decisions of the patients’ care will help provide a conducive working environment for safe and high-quality care. FEEDBACK 3 You have a great post Shannon Pierce  . I would like to comment much on why strength analysis is very important to an individual and for a team. Knowing your strengths is very important. It actually helps increase your self-awareness (Bakker et al, 2019). It can give you a new appreciation for traits you previously undervalued in yourself. People who understand their strengths have a better grasp of what makes them unique and how their personality impacts their team.When each person on a team has clarity about what they do well and they’re placed in a position to use their strengths, productivity soars. These people feel more energetic and excited about their work. Having strengths that are in line with your goals means you’re much more likely to succeed. Your efficiency increases and you’re motivated to accomplish more.As employees’ strengths as discovered, team leaders can use them to create an engaging environment at work (Bakker et al, 2018). Leaders can make sure they have the right people in the right seats based on strengths. They can also ensure their employees are assigned tasks that are in line with each person’s strengths, which sets everyone up for success. FEEDBACK 4 Shannon, as per usual, your discussion post is always a great read, they’re always informative, concise, and detailed. I always look forward to what you have to say and the way you break each topic down. I can already tell that you possess the characteristics indicative of a great leader, and with such ease I might add. I love that one of your themes is “includer”. The fact that you are able to include other’s and make them feel a part of the team speaks volumes about your personality. Inclusivity is a driving force that engages employee’s and increases advocacy and employee retention within the organization according to research conducted by Gallup (Clark, 2021). In addition, you’re a harmonious individual which is great as well, because you tend to avoid conflict and have a common ground amongst others with different views (Gallup, 2022). These strengths are needed to be well-balanced in a leadership role and to produce a cohesive team element amongst many individuals with varying personalities and viewpoints. I commend you on your strengths and acknowledgement of your weaknesses and pursuit to strengthen your weaknesses and strengths as well, and I wish you the best of luck on your leadership endeavor’s, but it seems you may have already been a great leader in your previous position.