Authentic Leadership And The Psychodynamic Approach

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In an article written by Boekhorst, she quoted Schneider by stating, “leaders are instrumental in shaping shared climate perceptions because followers tend to rely on their daily interactions with their leaders to understand the behavioral expectations in the workplace” (Boekhorst, 2015, p. 242). My leadership self-assessment paper will be the discussion of Authentic Leadership and the Psychodynamic Approach. In evaluating my own nursing practice, I chose authentic leadership because I feel a genuine desire to be transparent when leading and informing a team and was interested in discovering how true to this trait I am. The Psychodynamic approach to leadership was my second choice because understanding human nature and behavior is essential …show more content…
A psychodynamic approach to leadership is the ability to evaluate one’s own psychological make-up and motivation to better understand self and the ability to motivate others. Psychodynamic leadership is the exploration of the of the relationship between leader and follower through the focus of what drives the relationship between them (Northouse, 2016). The clinical paradigm of the psychodynamic approach has four premises. The first is the premise that there is a logical explanation for everything through rationale of human actions. Second is the what lies beyond conscious awareness though the feelings, fears, and motives. Third is the regulation and expression of emotions which for the basis of positive and negative experiences. Lastly, the premise of humans being the product of past experiences in the development of inter and intrapersonal processes (Northouse, …show more content…
Under the scoring tool, my authentic leadership skills were low for self-awareness with a score of 14 and balance processing with a score of 11. As expected, internalized moral perspective scored 19 and relational transparency scored 16.
Psychodynamic Assessment Results
The results from the Leadership Archetype Questionnaire (LAQ) showed correspondence to three archetypes. First was The Strategist which provides vision, direction, and outside-the-box thinking. The second archetype was The Builder which has a need for control, drive, and enterprising mind to make dreams come true. The final archetype was The Innovator. Adept at logic and reason, innovators have a natural curiosity to learn (Northouse, 2016).
Leadership Strengths and Weaknesses
When reflecting on authentic leadership, my weakness for balance processing is clearly undisputed. I acknowledge the inability to consider others opinions when planning. I find this to be especially true when the decision affects me. I also appear to lack awareness of self which was an interesting discovery however, at times I do distrust my feelings. From a psychodynamic, perspective, my weakness is I am not a people person. As an introvert, there is only so much interaction I desire to have before retreating to

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