Leadership Self Assessment

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Leadership Self-Assessment
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Leadership Self-Assessment
Leadership in nursing is a process in which an individual has the ability to influence a group of individuals to achieve a desired outcome (Northouse, 2014). These desired goals may be personal or they may be collective. In evaluation of my own nursing practice I am able to identify with the democratic and authoritative styles of leadership the most. When at work I find myself using the two interchangeably. The presence of effective leaders is both important and beneficial to create and enhance a productive work environment in which the employees are able to develop skills and enhance their own nursing practice.
Primary Concepts
In the democratic style of nurse the nurse leader attempts to incorporate all staff members in goal-setting and decision making (Northouse, 2014). However, the leader still has the final say. This style of nursing leadership encourages the professional development of nurses and gives them an opportunity to flourish and show self-independence in their own practice
The authoritative style of nurse leader ship is a stricter approach to nursing leadership. This style of leadership style is not as flexible and uses little employee feedback for decision making. This style also results in fast decision making such as in emergency situations (Yoder-Wise, 2014).
Discussion of Results
I chose the Leadership Trait Questionnaire (LTQ) and the Skills Inventory Questionnaire to evaluate my two styles of nurse leadership. Using the LTQ my own evaluation of self was a 59. The LTQ is used to measure personal characteristics of one’s own leadership abilities (Northouse, 2014).

The other questionnaire that is used to evaluate my leadership was the Skills Inventory Questionnaire. This questionnaire measures three broad types of leadership skills:
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