Reflective Practice Essay

609 Words May 20th, 2013 3 Pages
Critical Reflection and Leadership in Identity Making
Denise M. Chaney
Creighton University
Leadership Styles and Reflective practices
ILD 801 Week 6
Dr. Brock
February 17, 2013

Abstract
“Vision is the key to understanding leadership” (Haslam, Reicher, & Platow, 2011). I have spent many years trying to avoid positions of authority and leadership roles, bedside nursing was a perfect escape. This paper will show that we are all born leaders and to get to those hidden leadership abilities is to engage in self-awareness, self-reflection, and achieve a higher education to learn how to apply them (Lowney, 2003).

Critical Reflection and Leadership in Identity Making “Vision is the key to understanding leadership” (Haslam, Reicher, &
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The information provided in this week’s study has already impacted my leadership style. I have applied critical reflection to make more informed decisions, and being better informed, I am less reactionary. Being reflective has allowed me to be more insightful on how destructive, self- deception has been in my personally, socially, and in my work. I no longer say “I cannot”, instead; I review the situation, reflect on alternatives, and then make a decision.
I agree with Lowney (2003) we are all born leaders and to get to those hidden leadership abilities is to engage in self-awareness, self-reflection, and achieve a higher education to learn how to apply them. I thought that I had escaped the claws of leadership by becoming an educator, another self-deceptive thought. This course has taught me that the Educator has the most influential leadership position. Being an Educator is my motivation to learning how to be that sound, moral leader I want to be.

References.
Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., & Platow, M. J. (2011). Crafting a sense of us: Leaders as entrepreneurs of identity. The New Psychology of Leadership. [Kindle Edition]. Retrieved from 3882.
Lowney, C. (2003). “An Uninterrupted Life of Heroic Deeds” How Heroic Leaders Envision the Impossible-and Do It. In Heroic Leadership: Best practices in a 450-year-old-company that changed

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