Personal Definition of Leadership
I feel that my views regarding leadership have changed throughout my participation in the Dr Mary Keyes Leadership Development program. I initially thought that leadership was only when a hard-working individual moved his/her way up the tenure hierarchy at a business, to be put in a position of power.
I now understand that leadership is a process and not a position. This leadership program has used experiential learning to challenge my thinking and personal biases. I realize that the social change model approaches leadership as a 'purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change.' I have learned a great deal about creating safe environments to collaborate in a productive manner with a team of various individuals with different backgrounds and beliefs. I understand how to encourage others to pursue their goals and be involved in collective change processes. People feel empowered and involved when their opinions regarding systematic changes and policy development are valued.
Encouraging others to lead would be an example of being an agent of change but not seeing myself specifically as a leader. I consider myself equal to all members of a group. Although some people may have tenure and more experience than others. My roles and responsibilities may change over time but I continually reflect that the interdisciplinary teams I work in are always striving for the same patient-centred goals. Leadership is closely tied to social responsibility. I will take the new skills related to 'involved leadership' and extrapolate those behaviours into my personal and professional life.
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Social Change Model