Management and Leadership in Nursing Practice

Managementand Leadership in Nursing Practice

Managementand Leadership in Nursing Practice

Differentpeople use varying leadership styles in their places of work, whichexplains the differences in efficiency among different leaders. Thetype of leadership style adopted by different individuals can bedetermined using various leadership survey tools. Most importantly,the style of leadership adopted by organization leaders determinedthe level of efficiency within the organization. This is because thestyle of leadership serves as the key determinant of interpersonalrelationship between the juniors and the seniors as well as the flowof information and instructions. In this paper, I will assess myleadership abilities using two different leadership survey toolsdocumented in Big Dog &amp Little Dog’s Performance Juxtaposition(2014) and Sage Publications (2014). The results of the two surveytools are documented in Table 1 and Table 2 in the Appendix.

Similaritiesand differences in the survey results

Thetwo leadership survey tools are designed to determine the style ofleadership that one uses from a list of three. However, the firsttool titled “Leadership style survey” focuses on authoritative,participative, and delegate styles, while the second tool titled“Leadership style questionnaire focused on authoritative,democratic, and laissez-fair styles of leadership. This means thatthe two survey tools focused on relatively similar styles ofleadership, but used different names. In both survey tools thehighest score was on authoritative style of leadership. However,there was a very close tie between the scores for the authoritativestyle of leadership and participative or democratic style ofleadership in both surveys. The third style of leadership, delegatein the first leadership survey tool and Laissez-Fair in the thirdsurvey tool scored the least in both surveys.

Leadershipstrengths

Fromthe results of the two survey tools, it is evident that I have twomajor areas of leadership strength. First, I have the capacity toensure that the views of all employees are appreciated, which a wayof enhancing employee participation in the process of decisionmaking. This is indicated by a score of 4 in the fifth question inthe first tool and question 2 in the second tool. Secondly, I havethe ability to create a safe and a healthy working for all employees,which makes them feel part of the organization. This is indicated bya score of 4 in question 11 in the first survey tool.

Areasthat require improvements

Althoughmy leadership style demonstrates some strength, there are two areasthat require significant improvements. First, my failure to considersuggestions made by my juniors is a weakness that needs to beaddressed. This weakness is indicated by a score of 4 in question 4of the first tool. Secondly, I have a tendency of noting the mistakesof the juniors, which needs to be changed in order to ensure thatemployees are commended for their good performance and corrected fortheir wrongs instead of focusing only on their mistakes.

Conclusion

Differentleaders use different styles of leadership that in turn determinetheir effectiveness and ability to establish interpersonalrelationships. Although my leadership abilities scored higher onauthoritative style compared to other styles, it is evident that I amin the process of transitioning to a participative style. This isbecause the scores for authoritative and participative leadershipstyles are relatively close in both survey tools. However, there aresome areas of leaderships that I need to improve on including thecapacity to accommodate the suggestions of junior employees and theneed to reward their best performance instead of focusing only ontheir mistakes.

References

BigDog &amp Little Dog’s Performance Juxtaposition (2014). Leadershipstyle survey.Big Dog &amp Little Dog’s Performance Juxtaposition. RetrievedOctober 12, 2014, fromhttp://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/survstyl.html

SagePublications (2014). Leadershipstyles questionnaire.Thousand Oaks: Sage Publication.

Appendix

Table1: Leadership style survey

Item

Score

Item

Score

Item

Score

1

2

2

2

3

2

4

4

5

4

6

1

7

2

8

2

9

3

10

4

11

4

12

2

13

3

14

4

15

1

16

3

16

2

18

2

19

4

20

2

21

1

22

3

23

2

24

3

25

3

26

2

27

1

28

3

29

3

30

1

Total

31

Total

27

Total

17

Authoritative style

Participative style

Delegate style

(autocratic)

(democratic)

(free reign)

Table2: Leadership style questionnaire

Item

Score

Item

Score

Item

Score

1

2

2

4

3

1

4

3

5

4

6

2

7

3

8

3

9

2

10

4

11

2

12

3

13

3

14

1

15

1

16

3

16

2

18

2

Total

18

Total

16

Total

11

Authoritative

Democratic

Laissez-Fair