How To Become An Effective Leader

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How Do I Become the Leader I Want/Need to Be? There are various definitions of leadership, the one that I feel as though I mostly relate to is "leadership is the process of influencing the activities of an organized group toward goal achievement (Katz & Kahn, 1978, p.538). The leadership role that I strive for is to be the best Patient Access Emergency Department Supervisor. I recently became promoted to this position after five years of hard work and dedication to UHS Inc. By observing other departments and even my own supervisor, I have learned that it is not only expected but is also a necessity to be a role model, have integrity, be able to motivate employees to achieve a goal, be very competitive but also be empathetic and understating …show more content…
Some of the skills I am certain are necessary to be an effective leader are, to be very competitive, empathic, understanding and being self-driven.
Having these traits are a necessity based on my own experience if a leader does not communicate well, the whole department suffers. If a leader is negative and always upset at employees and their work, the department will fail, as subordinates will not follow guidance from their leader, and will turn leader into just another employee. Being supportive of your team really increase morale in any department, whenever a subordinate does something out of the norm that created a positive experience for the department, that employee should be recognized. In my current role as ER Patient Access Supervisor, I created a "Kudos Board", any time a subordinate does something impressive to help out even just another person, I recognize them in the board, for everyone to see, and subordinates are also welcomed to write in the board to show they are thankful for a certain employee or employees that did something that impressed them or help them
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Being competitive can seem as a negative connotation towards a person, however being competitive can also be positive. Being competitive shows subordinates that being willing to overcome obstacles can be done, by being driven you are ensuring that subordinates see that you are willing to work hard to complete the task at hand. Yet another very important skill necessary for any leader is being able to be empathetic and understanding of subordinates, and help them overcome both professional and personal issues the subordinates may have in order to improve their. For example a subordinate may be having babysitting issues, and the leader allows the person to come in at a later hour, but also finding sufficient coverage to keep the department running smoothly, or in the workplace if a subordinate is having problems adjusting to a newly implement policy the leader takes extra time to help that subordinate understand why the new change is important to follow, and to brain storm on how can they work together to achieve their goals. Lastly one of the most skills of a leader is being self-driven. According to Sherry Perkins, in her article, “being a self-driven leader means that you live outside your area of comfort, you get involved with every facet of a project, and you have to be able to laugh at yourself, admit vulnerabilities, and take criticism.” This allows

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