Organizational System and Quality Leadership
RKOT Task 1
April 1, 2012
Leadership is in many ways a responsibility, whether it’s an appointed job as a leader or a role you find yourself in unexpectedly you must perform adequately not just to accomplish the given task but to also have those following you achieve a given goal. Some are natural born leaders, taking responsibilities for self, never pointing fingers and possessing the ability to find solutions to the obstacles that arise. Others can learn how to lead and achieve the same results. In the medical field, when we look to our leaders it is so that they can lead us to be able to provide and deliver safe quality care. To help us remove obstacle when identified, that may hinder set goal, which is, as mentioned to deliver safe and quality care. Within the profession of nursing, we may find ourselves thrown into the role of leadership at any given moment, the nurse must be prepared to take this role, embrace it and behave appropriately. Especially as an interdisciplinary healthcare worker, it is very important to communicate effectively while leading others to achieve a common goal.
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership
Leadership Strategies; discuss two strategies that enable a nurse on an interdisciplinary team to exert leadership without occupying a formal leadership position. One of two strategies that enable a nurse on an interdisciplinary team to exert leadership without occupying a formal leadership position is the ability to take a leadership stance. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a leader as a person who has commanding authority or influence, (Merriam-webster , 2012), stance is defined as intellectual or emotional attitude, (Merriam-webster , 2012). Taking a leadership stance will be an attitude of someone who can take a situation that requires a solution, be able to define the path towards that solution and lead others to it. A person with the ability to be a leader possesses the intellect to communicate effectively with the team, promote communication amongst team members and to seek guidance when needed while taking responsibility for self. The healthcare system is governed by policies and procedures, evidence and best practices standards and behaviors. Deviating from such a path can place the care we deliver at risk. In the medical profession to effectively lead one must be knowledgeable of the institutions values and expectations. “To be successful, the leader often refers to the values as the foundation of action and continually placed the activities of the leader and organization within articulated values” (Kerfoot, K. 2009). Being knowledgeable of the employer’s guidelines will provide the nurse with the proper tools and guide the nurse in making the correct decisions when it comes to leading others. It is up to the individual whether one wants to be a leader and what type of leader one can be. The nurse does not need an official title to be able to lead. Usually all that is needed is the opportunity to arise. The attitude the nurse takes the knowledge the nurse possesses is just two of the many tools she or he will possess to make an effective leader. Active Involvement; justify why it is important for a nurse to be actively involved with an interdisciplinary team. As defined by Theresa J. K. Drinka the Interdisciplinary Health Care Team (IHCT) as "a group of individuals with diverse training and backgrounds who work together as an identified unit or system. Team members consistently collaborate to solve patient problems that are too complex to be solved by one discipline or many disciplines in sequence. In order to provide care as efficiently as possible, an IHCT creates "formal" and "informal" structures that encourage collaborative problem solving. Team members determine the team’s mission and common goals: work interdependently to define and...