Topic: leadership and management
i. Appraise your own leadership( nursing unit manager) in relation to one theory from the unit transformational theory
ii. Evaluate your knowledge and experience in relation to one diversity group
iii. Develop a two year personal leadership development plan based on this appraisal of your leadership and your knowledge and experience of one diversity group and other activities and tasks in the unit
iv. Your plan should be evidence-based that is drawing on evidence about your own leadership and areas that you and/or others think need further development
v. It must also include specific developmental activities in relation to your knowledge and skills in dealing with one diversity group identified
Evidence-based practice (EBP), originated in the health sciences and which has been adopted in a number of fields such as education and the social sciences. For example, according to Brice et al. (2005), evidence-based librarianship is:
An approach to information practice that promotes the collection, interpretation, and integration of valid, important and applicable user-reported, librarian-observed and research-derived evidence. The best available evidence, moderated by user needs and preferences, is applied to improve the quality of professional judgements.
The justification for the areas that you select to work on for your personal development plan must come from evidence. This could include performance feedback you have available or gathered from your supervisor, colleagues, staff or clients, self-reflection and exercises completed in the text or the course materials, follower input, or development training feedback, self reflection, MBTI or TMS results, etc.
Your analysis must be backed up with references.
Your analysis must show close links between theory and practice. That is between the literature, yourself, and your development needs.
Your development plan should be in a table format with at least the following columns (see below). The specific actions are examples only but give an idea of the type of actions and the range of learning modes you can engage in. The plan should not read like a business as usual position description.
The development actions in the plan should logically flow from your evidence and activities in the report
Leadership development need identified from evidence in your analysis/report Strategy for addressing this need Specific action Completion date Review and evaluation method and measurement
A more strategic view of my sector Seek acting position in other agency/committee membership etc
Broader understanding of policy leadership Formal higher qualifications
Improved emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills Diploma of management course offered by organisation ABC
Better understanding of the role of power in organisations Read (self help book, professional journals etc)
A role model who exemplifies the leadership qualities I am aiming for Find a mentor or coach
Feedback on which parts of my job I am doing well Organise performance review for self, get 360 degree feedback
More assertiveness Keep reflective journal and complete once a week with analysis of my assertiveness
Your assignment should be submitted in report format. The report should form an integrated whole that synthesises your response to each of the different parts of the assignment. There is scope for variation but the assignment must be presented in standard report format with the following sections:
Letter of Transmittal
This is a formality. Such a letter usually accompanies a report, addressed to the commissioning body. It basically says here is the report about ++++.
Table of Contents
Executive summary Make sure this gives all the key points for each of the four parts facts/findings/conclusions a busy executive should be able to read this and know everything that is important without reading the whole report
Introduction and background
Body Dont call it this, use section headings
Recommendations i.e. your development plan
Bibliography i.e. references read in preparing the report, but not cited in the report
Appendices Use these to offload surplus or indirectly relevant material out of the word count detailed evidence about your leadership etc
Assessment 3 Report Marking Guide
Criteria Possible Marks Mark
Structure report format
Spelling, grammar, expression
Word limit (+/- 10%) Up to 5 marks can be deducted for poor submissions
Analysis of own leadership
Based on an identified leadership theory in the course
Evidence used and documented
Selection of a relevant diversity group
Evidence of knowledge and experience of this group or need for such
Argument for ways to improve ones own skills and knowledge in this area
Justified on evidence
Specific, structure, dated, practical plan not wish list 20