Leadership to me is a person who possesses the ability to be inspiring, impactful, and influential. A good leader is trustworthy, follows through, listens well, and is supportive. My philosophy of leadership is, a leader possesses the ability to practice self-awareness, transparency, be truthful, and able to coach or help develop other. In order to create trust with their team, the leader must be genuine and truthful through the good, the bad, and the ugly. If not, the leader runs the risks of losing their team members trust. Coaching and mentoring are desirable to team members, everyone desires to grow and learn. It is the leader job to provide their team with the tools and training to become experts in their respective fields (Speranza, & Pierce, 2019). At Wellstar these traits are relatable to my leadership role and align with our values, mission, and vision. Our values are the following: we honor every voice, we pursue excellence, and we serve with compassion. Our vision is to deliver world-class healthcare to every person, every time. By honoring our team members voices, we allow the nurses to better care for their patients. The nurses are more likely to speak up and advocate if they are working in an environment where the feel heard.
The definition of a leader varies depending on the audience. Some may argue that a leader is influential, another may think of the person who is managing them. My personal values align with Wellstar, as I desire to honor every voice, be transparent, listen well, mentor others, and serve with compassion. I became a nurse because I enjoyed caring for people. Serving with compassion and pursuing excellence, is the heart of what I do. As a leader, I try and lead by example, be the person who inspires others. Also, I try to honor every voice- the patient, the patient’s family, and team members. It is imperative that our staff and consumers feel as if we are listening and that their concerns are heard. Otherwise, what we are doing is in vain, we lose trust, which can result in the loss of an employee or patients. At Wellstar, we practice person-centred care, one way is the incorporation of IDR’s- the entire team is focusing on that one patient and their needs. This has proven to great catches, and improved patient outcomes.