I experienced first-hand the importance of healthcare leadership when I was 17 years old. At this age I had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and required intensive treatment from my medical team at an oncology center in Toronto. One day during treatment, I observed my nurse engaging with other patients whom she perceived were struggling more than myself; through her kind words she reassured them that all would be okay whilst providing comfort at a time when it was much needed. This act depicted true health care leadership as she understood what her patients were going through but also took action by offering emotional support instead of simply sympathizing with them (Langley et al., 2015). It was this experience which informed my thoughts on health care leadership; that a leader should not just understand those around them but take actionable steps towards helping them progress forward even in times of immense difficulty or adversity.
Define what leadership is to you. Share a personal experience that informed your thoughts about health care leadership. List the traits of an authentic leader. Share an effective exercise in developing the skills or habits of an authentic leader.
An effective exercise used develop skills or habits mentioned above involves journaling every day related topics such as: “describe something you did today that demonstrated your honesty” , “what did you do today so demonstrate empathy?” , “ What actions did you take today to improve upon your self awareness? And lastly ‘What goals have you accomplished today where accountability played a role?” By answering these prompts daily it provides insight into how an individual acts/thinks each day which enables further improvements towards becoming better versions of ourselves while simultaneously developing vital traits needed become great healthcare leaders capable improving outcomes benefit those we serve(Frohmaneck 2019).
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