1. What did you actually learn from the unit?
I learned a lot from this unit. I learned the difference between leadership and management. I learned characteristics of a good leader. I also learned about various leadership theories. I also learned quite a bit about how these ideas relate to nursing practice.
2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?
During the team activity, my team members and I were pretty much on the same page about all the names on the list of potential leaders. We all agreed that every person on the list was a leader, even though some were better leaders than others and some used their leadership to harm others. As I read each name on the list and thought about whether or not I would consider each person a leader, I was able to clarify in my mind what makes some one a leader. It didn’t really change my opinion on the subject, but it helped me understand more about what makes some one a leader.
3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.
I will utilize the information learned in this lesson by consciously trying to use the behaviors and skills of good leaders, and avoiding those things that I have learned make a poor leader. I will work on increasing my assertiveness, decision making skills and willingness to take risks, so I can become a stronger leader. I will focus on building relationships of trust with patients, family members and coworkers.
4. Your personal feelings about the material covered.
I really enjoyed watching Ender’s Game, and thinking about what characteristics made the characters good or bad leaders. This gave me a lot of insight into what makes some one a good leader, and helped me to realize that a lot of these traits are things that can be learned and mastered. I feel more confident about my ability to become a better leader. I also enjoyed taking the DISC Personality Test. I enjoyed learning more about myself and what areas I am strong in and what areas I need to work on.