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Leadership Assessment

Kyla Berglund

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Florida Atlantic University


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Leadership Assessment

A hospital runs on communication, teamwork, and leadership. Without leadership,

communication and teamwork cannot be accomplished. According to the leadership

characteristics and skills assessment by Grossman and Valiga, three qualities stood out as most

important in a leader: “a good leader should have excellent communication skills”, “leaders

mentor others to assist them in pursuing their dreams”, “I feel I do make a difference as a nurse

and plan to continue to do so”. These three statements convey the perception of quality

communication, teamwork, and leadership.

As one of the tenets of an effective team, communication is important in all aspects of

health care. Proper understanding is achieved through effective communication and is necessary

between the patient and the health care professionals but also between all the healthcare

members. This interprofessional correspondence ensures that everyone taking care of the patient

is on the same page and can make the care for the patient well-organized. “A good leader should

have excellent communication skills” (Grossman & Valiga, 2016). To be a leader, a leader must

communicate their message to be efficient and have an impact.

A team is sufficient as long as the team works, meaning teamwork is one the most

important elements in the healthcare field. Leaders need to create and understand the unique

dynamics of the team. That means knowing when the be a leader and when to step back and be a

follower. “Leaders mentor others to assist them in pursuing their dreams” (Grossman & Valiga,

2016). By lifting others, leaders lift the whole team up and not just themselves.

Leaders make an impact on the people they guide. This unique effect that leaders have to

inspire others make them so important. “I feel I do make a difference as a nurse and continue to
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do so” (Grossman & Valiga, 2016). Confidence in a leader’s ability to lead and make a difference

is vital in their ability to convey their message and continue to affect their patient’s and team.

Nursing is not a single, solo production, it is one section in the overall team of the

hospital. Due to this, nurses must understand proper communication, effective teamwork, and

guiding leadership. Using the leadership characteristics and skills assessment by Grossman and

Valiga, three qualities adequately comprise the meaning of communication, teamwork, and

leadership: “a good leader should have excellent communication skills”, “leaders mentor others

to assist them in pursuing their dreams”, “I feel I do make a difference as a nurse and plan to

continue to do so”.
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References

Grossman, S. & Valiga, T. (2016). The New Leadership Challenge. Creating the Future of

Nursing, Fifth edition, 32-37.


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1. Leaders are very creative. Agree 3

2. The most important goal of a leader is to be sure the job gets done. Disagree 2

3. leaders should focus on people, not the system. Agree 3

4. One does not need to be in a position of authority to be a leader. Strongly Agree 4

5. Credibility is an important characteristic of a leader. Agree 3

6. Leaders tend to be people with high energy who are passionate about their work. Agree

7. Leaders focus more on being creative than on accomplishing their vision or goal(s).

Disagree 3

8. Persistence is a trademark of an effective leader. Agree 2

9. Leaders are committed to their vision and tend not to adapt to change well. Disagree 3

10. Leaders are good at empowering others to grow. Strongly agree 4

11. It is important for leaders to have a dream and to be future oriented. Agree 3

12. A person’s ability to lead in a professional setting depends on his or her self-esteem.

Agree 3

13. A leader’s style of leading is determined by the situation and/or task at hand. Strongly

agree 4

14. A good leader must have integrity. Strongly agree 4

15. Leaders mentor others to assist them in pursuing their dreams.

16. Leadership is a quality one is born with, and it cannot be acquired.

17. Good leaders help others to resolve conflict.

18. One does not need to be an excellent critical thinker in order to be a great leader.

19. A good leader should have excellent communication skills.


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20. Leaders always follow the rules.