REFLECTIVE PAPER 8
Thispaper talks about my reflection on leadership and communicationcourse. It emphasizes on my experience and insights from the course.This comprises what I have experienced about my working style, how Iwork with others, the insights I have gained concerning interactionsand conversations I have with my family, friends, coworkers andothers. Besides, it talks about the strategies I will use to enhancemy chances for success.
Leadershiphas been a concept that is ever changing for me. The individuals thatI have encountered while serving as a NICU (Neonatal Intensive CareUnit) nurse have greatly influenced my meaning of leadership. I haveseen my pattern of leadership evolve due to their influence in mylife. This has shaped my approach to the concept of leadership.Communication is definitely one of the most essential skills topossess. The ability for an individual to communicate clearly andeffectively in own milieu and comfort zone may appear challengingenough nonetheless, it augments exponentially in distinct culture.Due to globalization, it is important to communicate efficiently andproductively in the face of cultural diversity (Hackman& Johnson, 2013).
Ichose to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse since I am verycompassionate with the infants who are critically ill and frequentlydo not have the ability to be in direct contact with their mothersowing to their precarious conditions. As a NICU nurse, I filled thegap of their motherly role integrating emergency quality medicalskill with genuine compassion and feeling affection for the child.During my work experience at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, I waslucky enough to have experienced firsthand and learned numerousdistinct sides of what goes into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,the manner in which emergency quality medical skill is planned andexecuted in addition to the kind of care required for the illinfants. Moreover, I learned numerous tasks that a Neonatal IntensiveCare Unit nurse is required and expected to carry out that haveoffered me more insight into distinct kinds of roles andresponsibilities that I could carry out as a Neonatal Intensive CareUnit nurse.
Ihave a lot of experiences dealing with parents that have mix emotionssuch as anxious, guilt and depress. Owing to the conditions of achild, some parents demonstrated anger towards the doctors andnurses. This was a difficult situation to deal with thus I had to bepatient and comprehended what they have been undergoing. The parentsoften developed stress due to their child conditions. As a patientand caring person, I managed to overcome the situations. On the otherhand, I am stubborn and moody. These are my weaknesses, and they hada lot of influence on how I relate to my family, friends, andcoworkers. I got moody occasionally when I am not feeling good,fatigued and lacked sleep that affected my conduct with otherindividuals. These have made me have regrets in life. My motherwanted me to continue my BSN (Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing) rightafter I finished my Associate Degree in Nursing. I never listened toher and started working as a RN (Registered Nurse) and got marriedbecause of my stubbornness. Currently, I am regretting for notlistening to my mother for pieces of advice. I had to go back tocollege and pursue my BSN after thirteen years out of school. It wasa bad experience nevertheless, I presently have more tasks such astaking care of my children, paying bills and working full time as aRegistered Nurse.
Ilearn best by visual and actual doing. Visual learning allows alearner uses maps, charts, graphs and diagrams. My learning skillsinvolve better understanding and retaining information when words,ideas, and concepts are linked to images. This enables me to learnfast and acquire appropriate skills and knowledge. Currently, I havemany responsibilities to take care of creating a challenge to thecompletion of my BSN.
Theworking styles I would look for in a teammate to assist me tocomplete a class project are doing, leading, learning, examining andexecuting. My teammate should be doing, leading and learning. Thedoers execute since they come alive after the completion of tasks,checking lists and tackling projects. Such individuals are detailedin their exertions and have intense focus. The leaders create avision and encourage other individuals to trust in it (Hackman& Johnson, 2013). Thelearners are best for carrying out a project since they areresearchers. Furthermore, they are disciplined, deliberate and havestrategic thinking. The individuals who examine and execute layemphasis on a pattern that can strategize and act with equal ease.These working styles can enable me have a successful completion of aproject through utilizing more of the order based techniques ofthinking such as linear, logical, punctual, detailed and verbal.
Myworking styles are exploring, exciting, examining and executing. Asan exploring leader, I am visionary, anti-authoritarian and considermultiple options, feeling and reasons in dealing with differentissues. I complete my tasks immediately and take decisive actionsover prolonged durations. As an exciting leader, I acknowledge thestrengths and capacities of other individuals within the workplace.Besides, I create productive interactions and teamwork. My examiningworking style involves developing strategies, rules, timelines, andprocedures and outward demonstration of passion and personal concern. The executing involves leading and shaping groups in the workplace,demanding action and accountability, tolerating too many options anddemonstrating patience over prolonged periods.
Asan effective leader, I am courageous and competent. Competence isconcerned with the pretense, sincerity, accuracy and authenticity. Iam good at authenticity in that I listen that is a key to aconversation. I link with other individuals at the crossroads andexplain and take responsibility for their feelings, empathize withothers, see the universal needs and inspire others. Moreover, I aminnovative in coming up with new ideas and concepts that areessential for carrying out research.
Myfriend Kimberly has been studying medicine at JohnsHopkins School of Medicine. She has been having difficulty in studiesowing to the technicalities of her course. She expressed her feelingsconcerning the studies. The main problem was poor concentration dueto family matters. She has been married for five years and has twochildren, but they always fight with her husband even for pettyfamily issues. She openly expressed her family issues and said thather husband lack respect for her and this might lead divorcing him. Ilistened keenly and carefully with eye contact without disrupting herwhile, she was talking to me to get real issue. After, listening toher sentiments, I comforted her and validated her feelings. I toldher I deeply comprehend what she has been undergoing. I told hermarriage may sometimes have problems and divorce was not the only wayout. Besides, I told her to have time to talk to him withoutinvolving in a fight and make an effort to attend a marriagecounseling to assist her and her husband grow loving and respectingone another in marriage. I said, “This will have a great help inavoiding family violence and concentrating in medical school for yourcourse.” After completing, she agreed and thanked me for the piecesof advice. The conversation made me learn to respect and care forher. I accurately listen and grasp what I am being told to get animmediate solution.
Itsthirteen years since I completed my college. I have been planning togo back to college to purse bachelor degree in nursing (BSN), but Ihave a lot of responsibilities such as working full time, taking careof my kids and leadership work at the ministry at church. I expressedmy feelings to my friend Patricia.She listened with eye contact and let me complete my story. Then, sheencouraged me to take my BSN.This seemed difficult because I had numerous responsibilities in myfamily, workplace and at church. Patricia said, “I comprehend howyou feel. I also need to go back to school to take my bachelor degreein pharmacy at the University of Houston. Despite my numerousresponsibilities, I have to pursue that course for a better positionand a better future related to my career." She said she istaking an online course and would prefer I take my course at HumboldtState University (HSU). Furthermore, she mentioned that she had agood mentor who helps her attain her goals. Afterward, I wasconvinced to go back to school and pursue my BSN. Currently, I amenrolled at HSU and taking my first unit in ProfessionalCommunication and Leadership in Healthcare.
Myverbal communication enhances understanding when I talk to my friendsand other individuals. It builds a strong relationship between myfriends, other individuals and me. The language Patricia used tocreate trust between us for example using statement such as—Iunderstand how you feel—validated my feelings. The trust wasgenerated through eye contact and letting me complete my story thatmade me feel comfortable. She showed compassion to me and validatedfeelings in the conversation. Our conversation was successful since Iwas convinced to go back to school to take my BSN.
Mylistening and talking modes generated cycles of waste and value in myrelationships and life with my family, friends, and coworkers.Sometimes, I am a poor listener, and this made me not to take note ofmy mother`s advice causing regrets in my life. Whenever I listencarefully, I develop a proper understanding that makes me understanddifferent situations in life and find an immediate solution toproblems. I intend to utilize new communication modes such as text,video, and audio communication. Video communication eludes theparticipants having to travel to meet one another, and textcommunication makes it easy to disseminate information to an enormousgroup of individuals and save the record of communication for futurereference. These will help me increase cycles of value and minimizecycles of waste thus creating respect between individuals and me
Owingto my strengths and weaknesses, I need to be patient and persevere tosucceed in my studies and other endeavors. This implies that Idevelop tolerance and endurance to difficult situations.Additionally, I need to be determined in striving to attain my goalsin life. Currently, I have developed perseverance that helps me a lotin my studies. I need to develop proper time management throughsetting clear objectives, breaking my goals into discreet phases andreviewing my progress towards my goals. Proper time management willassist me in developing and sustaining my learning habits. This willbe achieved through emphasizing on the urgent and vital tasks thatmove me towards achieving my goals, organizing my work schedule,making a list to act as a reminder for my daily activities. Moreover,I need to avoid procrastination and persevere when things are notworking out for me.
Effectiveleadership and communication skills have enabled me to attain my setgoals and objectives. I had a positive working experience at NeonatalIntensive Care Unit. This course enabled me learn a lot and have apositive transformation in life. Personal development allows anindividual to become a leader. It made me learn from my family,friends, and coworkers, realized each other’s mistakes, andutilized them to make constructive changes in future. I havetherefore enhanced my leadership skills and I am in a better positionto tackle any issues related to management as well as leadeffectively.
Hackman,M. Z., & Johnson, C. E. (2013). Leadership:A communication perspective.Waveland Press.