Good and strong leadership in healthcare management is key in ensuring successful and quality healthcare services to the society (McSherry, 2012). Using the description of a full time nursing administrator in a healthcare center as an example of a management position within the healthcare sector, there are vital skills and characteristics required for one to administer their duties effectively. Some of the keywords in the job posting that represent a leadership characteristic include representation, maintenance, assessment, responsibility, authority, management, inspections, partnership, objectives, decisions among others.
There are important traits a leader must possess for effective leadership or management. First, to be an effective manager or administrator, it is critical for one to possess excellent communication skills, both oral and writing skills (Hodder, 2013). In this particular job position of a nursing administrator, such skills are important because some of the essential job responsibilities are developing and maintaining positive relationships with residents and the service providers as well as establishing and implementing written policies and procedures effective to the organization.
Second, a good leader must be able to fit and adapt well around colleagues and all stakeholders around the organization. This entails flexibility and displaying of a positive attitude towards others in the organization and most importantly in the society. This would be of important in this particular job since it would support the responsibility to assure a pleasant and safe environment for the staff and residents and development of positive relationships and good partnerships amongst them.
Third, dependability, strong character, and impartial professional judgement are also key traits of a good leader in a management position. One must be able to make good decisions that are critical to the operations of the management (Huber, 2010). This ought to be complemented by the capability of a manager to take into account all ethical considerations and full responsibility of all decisions made to the best interests of the organization. These traits are important for a nursing administrator in this specific job description because one of their job functions is to assume the authority for decisions on all aspects of organizational operations and the management of a budget that meets the needs of the organization.
Fourth, a good leader should have integrity and honesty as key traits in their day-to-day lives (Hodder, 2013). This creates a positive and conducive work environment for the employees that eventually results in a successful and excellent healthcare organization. This is evident where one discourages unethical behavior such as corruption and discrimination. For instance, in the case of a nursing administrator, such traits are key when ensuring compliance with regulations and policies by employees.
Fifth, it is important for a good leader to portray confidence, commitment, and hard work when discharging their duties. Confidence is important because it maintains the employees’ morale even when the organization is experiencing some drawbacks and challenges that threaten its success (Huber, 2010). A good leader should be able to maintain calmness and employ good strategies to deal with such situations. Employees and members of a team are usually motivated when they witness their manager or administrator’s commitment to the organization.
There is a close relationship between the personal characteristics of an individual and effective leadership (Jasper, 2005). Effective leadership is highly contingent on individual traits of a person. Individual perspectives of a person as well as their personality are closely associated with their job performance and leadership styles. This is usually evident on circumstances that entail personal judgment and decision making whereby personal perspectives often influence the outcomes. The behavior and character of a leader affects their performance and leadership styles (Jasper, 2005). Therefore, a good leader is one whose personal character traits should be consistent to those of a good leader as discussed above. For instance, a leader who makes unethical compromises in their personal life is highly likely to promote unethical behavior in an organization. Similarly, a leader with empathy and patience would be a good counsellor when required to ensure positive relationships are maintained especially in the event when conflicts arise.
In conclusion, the traits discussed above are just but a few of the many traits a good leader should possess. However, it is important to note that a good leader must be ready and willing to lead by example at all times through displaying strong management characteristics. Regardless of the organization, positive implementation of policies and practices is vital in ensuring the best service delivery. There are situations that need important ethical choices and confidence by all stakeholders. In such circumstances, employees are more likely to emulate the leadership of the administrator or manager, thus following their example. Some of these traits of a good leader are either inborn or developed through experience; however, it is important to possess upright personal characteristics because they play a major role in promoting effective leadership (McSherry, 2012) .
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