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Personal identity plays an integral role in shaping how a person especially leaders conduct their activities. It shapes and forms the basis of how a person perceives things and how he or she wants things to be done. Good leaders are good stewards who operate their activities with a lot of integrity and accountability. This paper will take a look at a leadership interview between my manager and I to understand and explore more on leadership.
A summary of the Interview
Me: What is your role as a Healthcare, team member?
Manager’s Answer: I am the employee relations managers, and my main roles are the creation benefits packages with the Human Resource Manager to ensure that employees are well motivated, negotiate new contracts and consult on new and existing policies to ensure that they meet employee’s expectation and do not hinder the productivity and team cohesiveness of the team. Besides, I am also the emergency response manager.
Me: How do you define professionalism and how does professional responsibility influence your work?
Manager’s Answer: Professionalism is conforming to the nursing ethical codes and standards of care. Besides, Daft (2014) asserts that professionalism is being courteous, conscientious and honest in what one does, says and carries him or herself at a workstation. This is also reinforced by Gopee & Galloway (2013) who maintains that being professional is maintaining a positive mindset and attitude. I am responsible to my patients, my colleagues, the hospital and myself in the way act and interact with them. Professional responsibility has influenced me to be more accountable and taking responsibility in maintaining my current credentials and incense. This is through endeavoring to do my best, showing respect, teamwork and my capability to make well thought after decisions.
Me: Do you consider yourself a steward of health care? Why or why not?
Manager’s Answer: Yes I do. To me just like Daft (2014) puts it a steward is a person who helps to organize individuals, who take care of resources and are responsible and accountable for how they are used. I think that all medics are stewards. We all take care of the hospital by being accountable for the way we use its resources to caring for our patients by organizing and meeting their healthcare needs and wants.
Me: Is it important to you that leaders exercise professional advocacy and authenticity as well as power and influence when working with colleagues? Why or why not?
Manager’s Answer: Yes. To begin with, all medics nurses included must be good advocates for patients, supervisors, colleagues and subordinates. Authenticity affects not only nursing profession and workforce but also the society and the healthcare delivery system. The creation of a healthy and robust work environment for nursing practice is important to maintain appropriate nursing workforces. Power lie in the knowledge and expertise of people (Finkelman, 2015).To me, power influences people at work whether it is a colleague or a leader. Besides, effective leaders are most likely to utilize power in a careful and subtle manner that minimizes differentials and avoids threats to a person’s self-worth.
Conclusively, looking to both my peer’s interview and this interview it can be deduced that indeed stewardship and professional identity play a huge role in service delivery. Professionalism is all about integrity, accountability, and competency. Both my peer and manager assert that professional identity influences a lot how a person carries him or herself.
- Daft, R. L. (2014). The leadership experience. Cengage Learning.
- Finkelman, A. (2015). Leadership and management for nurses: Core competencies for quality care. Pearson.
- Gopee, N., & Galloway, J. (2013). Leadership and management in healthcare. Sage.