NURA 6053 Discussion 2 Your Leadership Profile
NURA 6053 Discussion 2 Your Leadership Profile
Main Post – Discussion – Week 5
I have completed the Gallup Clifton Strengths in a previous leadership role. The report attached is from my November 2019 survey. My top 5 signature themes are Achiever, Responsibility, Restorative, Input, and Strategic. According to Gallup, these themes represent my top 5 talents and are my dominant traits as a leader (Gallup, 2019).
According to my Signature Theme Report, my Achiever theme means that I am a person who feels the need to accomplish something tangible every day (Gallup, 2019). This theme identifies my innate drive for accomplishments and fits me with great accuracy. The Achiever theme means I rarely rest on my laurels, relish challenges, and have a great deal of energy and drive.
My second theme was identified as responsibility, and this also fits me accurately. According to Gallup, this theme means that I take ownership of anything I commit myself to, and that this is the reason I always complete projects or tasks (Gallup, 2019). Conscientious adherence to ethics and a drive for completing tasks the right way defines this trait (Gallup, 2019). My report says that this theme creates my reputation for being someone that can be counted on to get things done (Gallup, 2019).
My third theme of Restorative means that I enjoy solving problems (Gallup, 2019). According to Gallup, I am energized by challenges, and this theme embodies that trait (p. 3). The Restorative theme identifies me as a person who enjoys restoring things by identifying underlying problems and resolving them (Gallup, 2019). It identifies me as a fixer (Gallup, 2019).
Theme four in my report was identified as Input. Gallup says this theme represents my innate curiosity and inquisitiveness (Gallup, 2019). I believe that this theme is directly correlated to my earlier themes and is foundational to my energy and drive. According to my report, my Input theme means that I find the world complex and fascinating (Gallup, 2019). My Input theme means I collect things that fascinate me (Gallup, 2019).
My fifth theme, Strategic, is described as a skill that cannot be taught (Gallup, 2019). I believe this is reflected in my ability to think critically. Gallup says this theme allows me, “…to see patterns where others simply see complexity” (p. 4). According to Gallup, this theme also helps me to arrive at decisions rapidly to move forward into solutions (Gallup, 2019).
It was quite easy for me to see how these themes reflect my personal values and the characteristics of myself that I take pride in manifesting. I feel that some of these characteristics are my greatest strengths. However, it has been my experience that my greatest strengths are also my greatest weaknesses.
Two of my core values that are clearly represented in my results are responsibility and helping. I feel strongly about commitment, whether that is to a relationship, a job, a friend, a pet, or a project. I take responsibility for whatever I commit to and feel a strong sense of pride about this. I feel significant distress when I feel I have let anyone down. My value of being helpful is directly related to this and ultimately is what drove me to the profession of nursing. I feel a strong drive to be helpful, and feel an obligation to share my energy, motivation, and knowledge to help others. Broome & Marshall state that motivation inspires others in an organization (p. 185). I aspire to be a transformational leader. In one cross-sectional study published in the International Journal of Caring Sciences, the transformational leadership style of inspirational motivation was able to increase the quality of nursing work life by 28% (Suratno et al., 2018).
Two strengths that this report identified are my strong critical thinking skills, and my innate inquisitiveness. These strengths combine to make me a problem solver. I naturally look for solutions. I am able to strategize, prioritize, and take action to resolve problems.
Characteristics that I would like to strengthen based upon my results fall within my themes of Responsibility and Achiever. But it is not strengthening these traits that I think I need to work on. Rather, I need to be better about recognizing when these drives override my ability to say no when there are too many demands on my time. I am not always good at saying no. My drive to achieve goals and my strong sense of responsibility for things contribute to this. I would like to focus on setting achievable goals and setting clear boundaries that are best for me and my wellbeing. I want to always demonstrate good boundaries. I want to learn to recognize that I do not have to set myself on fire to keep others warm so to speak. I want to embody and model my value of wholeness through self-care.
The most productive people I have known are good at prioritizing and setting boundaries. This enables them to focus on the things and projects that matter the most to them. They accomplish more and feel better about themselves because they act in congruence with their values. To always make choices that are congruent with my priorities and values is important to me, and sometimes saying no is necessary. I want to learn not to let my sense of responsibility and constant drive to achieve influence my choices when it comes to focusing on my priorities. I want to be better about learning when to say no rather than always saying yes.
Broome, M., & Marshall, E. S. (2021). Transformational leadership in nursing: From expert clinician to influential leader (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
Gallup. (November 27, 2019). Darcy ruffo. Your signature theme report [Report]. Clifton Strengths, 63012165 (DARCY RUFFO).
Suratno, K., Ariyanti, S., & Kadar, K. S. (2018). The Relationship between Transformational Leadership and Quality of Nursing Work Life in Hospital. International Journal of Caring Sciences, 11(3), 1416–1422.