Characteristics of Leaders

1. Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate personal mastery when they are able to look at and acknowledge their successes and failures and learn from them (Sherman, 2013).

2. Leadership is about values – Nurses who have internalized values show leadership by displaying good decision making and behavior (Poorchangizi, Borhani, Abbaszadeh, Mirzaee, & Forokhzadian, 2019). 

3. Leadership is about service – Nurses show service leadership by sharing the power of decisions, putting the needs of others first, helping others develop, and performing competently (UC Davis Health, n.d.).

4. Leadership is about people and relationships – Nurses show leadership by building relationships where people are accepted as they are, listened to without judgement, and expectations are communicated clearly (Johnson, 2015).

5. Leadership is contextual – Nurses show contextual leadership by being able to tailor their leadership style to any particular context, time, and place (Kershaw, 2011).

6. Leadership is about the management of meaning – Nurses demonstrate management of meaning by using their communication skills to interact effectively with patients and coworkers. Good communication skills are essential in achieving successful health care outcomes (Benedictine University, n.d.).

7. Leadership is about balance – Nurse leaders show balance by managing operational excellence while delivering quality care and service to patients (Van Den Oetelaar, Stel, Rhenen, Stellato, & Grolman, 2016).

8. Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Nurses show leadership by continually keeping up with evidenced based best practices and emerging technology, which allows for improved patient outcomes (Nurse Journal, 2019).

9. Leadership is about effective decision making – Nurses display effective decision making when implementing ideas and techniques based on research and empirical science (Saint Xavier University, 2015).

10. Leadership is a political process – Nurse leaders use politics to accurately interpret social situations so they act appropriately based on the circumstances (Saint Xavier University, 2015).

11. Leadership is about modeling – Nurse leaders show modeling by doing the right things, not just saying the right things. They lead by example and inspire, encourage, and and motivate (Johnson, 2015). 

12. Leadership is about integrity – Personal integrity aids nurses in making the right choices when treating patients. Effective leaders also use integrity to use and teach nurses how to make safe and effective care decisions intrinsically (Regis College, n.d.).


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DISC Personality Test

The results of my test were (S) steady. This information was not a revelation for me, most of these were traits I already knew about myself. As I was reading the description about a steady personality, I agreed with most of the description. For example, I know I have a large amount of self-control and for the most part I do tend to avoid conflict.  There were a few traits where I disagreed with the description, but I think this is bound to happen with any personality test. 

This test will effect my leadership style helping me to foster the characteristics of a good leader and work on the traits I may be lacking. I think some of the good leadership qualities I currently have are self-control, supportive, and loyalty. One quality I could use work on is avoidance of conflict because there are situations that need to be addressed when being a leader. I need to learn to be better about meeting conflict head on instead of avoiding it. 

One of the useful things about this test is it points out the great qualities about every category of personality. It highlights their strengths and provides examples of what this person might be good at. I will use this test to help me assign people to positions where they will best thrive when I am in a leadership position. I also think it’s a great for others to understand and see the strengths of others so they can begin to appreciate them. 


Initial Post

My name is Ciera Wall. I recently graduated from UVU’s Nursing Program in December of 2019 and I will be starting a position at Utah Valley Hospital in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the end of the month. I have one sister and she is my best friend! I recently got engaged to my boyfriend and we are planning to get married this June. I also have two puppies who might be slightly spoiled. During my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing, and sports but basketball is my favorite. The purpose of my reflective journal is to track my learning throughout the leadership course. I plan for it to be a place to document the most important points from each lesson and plan to refer to the journal in the future when the information may become helpful again. I also plan for it to be a place to watch myself grow as a student as well as a new nurse. 


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