Week 2 Thoughts

It was really eye opening this week to read about different types of leadership!  I have had many managers in my career and it was interesting to think back to what types of leadership I felt were effective and made the work environment positive and exciting and which types created an environment where morale was low and employees did not feel valued.  I loved the quote from the lecture by George S. Patton, Jr., stating how important loyalty from the top down is.  I feel that is important in any environment from work to family and so on.  People perform best when they feel cared about.

I don’t think that my feelings on leadership really changed.  I have watched leaders for a long time and feel I have a pretty good idea of what is effective.  I did, however, find that I should reflect more on whether there are leadership skills that I personally should work harder on to be more effective.


DISC test

My results on the DISC test revealed that I fall into the Steady category.  I had my husband double check my answers and he largely agreed with how I scored myself.  I was very surprised to see that I fall in to this category.  I do really try to be kind and I don’t like conflict but I really hate dominant leaders and I am not submissive to them at all.  I really prefer leaders who listen.

From the description it seems that Steady people are behind the scenes types.  I actually think these traits are important in leadership so that people know that you are on their side and are willing to work alongside them but I need to use other skills I have such as independence and determination t


Characteristics of Leaders

1.       Leadership requires personal mastery –” Personal mastery is our ability in any given moment — particularly in moments of stress, conflict or challenge — to show up and respond with our best selves, with our most creative and flexible capacity and strengths.” (Hughes, 2019)

2.       Leadership is about values –”if we’re transparent we know where we’re heading, we reduce stress and have clearly defined goals and values-based rules to work and lead by.” (Sime, 2019)

3.       Leadership is about service-“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
-John Quincy Adams

4.       Leadership is about people and relationships –”At the end of the day, the effort of a single person (you) doesn’t scale well. To achieve remarkable results, you must rely on those around you. Unfortunately, people don’t work effectively together by default. As a result, a large chunk of your effort as a leader should be spent on relationships in order to achieve the results you’re looking for. “(Greiner, 2015)

5.       Leadership is contextual –”…leaders need to figure out the position that they – and their organizations – are in and decide what’s most important for them to do, given that context.” (Douglas, 2017)

6.       Leadership is about the management of meaning –Nurse leaders see a vision of the future, plan how to accomplish that vision and inspire and motivate those around them to work toward the end goal.

7.       Leadership is about balance- “An effective leader must also be both present as well as future focused. Planning ahead too much would leave day-to-day tasks unattended to or sloppy, and focusing solely on the here and now would leave the team without a direction.” (Janes)

8.       Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement –Nurses demonstrate leaderhsip by participating in continuing education courses and by subscribing to and studying current nursing literature.

9.       Leadership is about effective decision making –Nurse leaders demonstrate good leadership when many opinions and possible circumstances are considered when making decisions.

10.   Leadership is a political process –”As a leader, the political climate of the company depends on how you treat such situations when they arise.” ( Grace Ferguson

11.   Leadership is about modeling – Nurse leaders are most effective when they are willing to do anything that would be asked of the staff, and are willing to help staff where needed.

12.   Leadership is about integrity -‘To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” – Douglas Adams


Thoughts on “Ender’s Game”

In the movie “Ender’s Game” there are several leaders.  I feel that Colonel Graff, Colonel Anderson, Ender and Bonzo were all leaders.  Colonel Graff was in charge of recruiting and training cadets to fight the enemy, the Formics.  Colonel Anderson was in charge of the emotional well-being of the children that were being trained for war.  Ender was sent to command school after showing much promise of being able to help defeat the enemy and was made a leader over a group of cadets.  Bonzo was another child who was a leader of a group of cadets.

Colonel Graff was an effective leader at times.  He was given an assignment to find a cadet who could win the war against the Formics.  He took his assignment very seriously and did what was necessary to accomplish the end goal.  When he was certain that Ender was the child who could defeat the enemy he put all of his focus on training him to accomplish this.  He monitored everything that Ender did.

Colonel Anderson was a compassionate leader.  She wanted the cadets, especially Ender, to be able to learn and succeed but not at the expense of their emotional health.

Ender was a leader who understood that he did not have all of the answers.  He asked his team to offer their ideas to him as well. He was kind to those around him, even those that he didn’t like as well.

In the workplace there are times when there are tasks that have to be accomplished and it is up to the leader to make sure the correct staff and ideas are in place to accomplish this, even when the end goal may not be the vision of the staff.  The work environment is enhanced, though, when there is a degree of compassion and concern for the well-being of the staff.  I feel that people respond so much better to leadership when they know that their feelings are heard and they are cared about.  When management acknowledges that they are not the only people with ideas and the views and the ideas of the team are acknowledged and used it becomes a great work environment.

Bonzo did not like his authority to be questioned.  He did not like the fact that Ender may some ideas that were better than his.  He threatened Ender as his manager and did not want him to learn as he felt felt threatened himself by someone whose ideas may be better than his own.  Colonel Graff showed some weaknesses in leadership when his focus on the end goal became more important than the people who he was in charge of.  These types of leadership lead to poor morale and to an increase in turnover rates.

I really aspire to be the type of leader who takes into consideration the feelings and ideas of other staff in working toward goals but can be firm about everyone on the team accomplishing the tasks that have been assigned.



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