Each reply should be approximately 1/2 page in length and include 1 academic reference. Jared Wrote: Prior to my practicum experience, I did not have a true understanding of what a servant leader was. I had heard the term servant leader, but did not know the characteristics of a servant leader. Having the ability to learn what a servant leader is in this course has changed my perspective on leadership. I am sure we are all in some form of leadership in our organizations, but regardless of where we are at in our professional careers it is important that we practice as a servant leader. Servant leadership is important in business because it creates a work environment in which employees at all levels of your organization feel respected, appreciated and valued. Businesses who follow a servant leadership philosophy tend to have stronger work cultures with high employee morale and engagement. A Servant Leader shares power, puts the needs of the employees first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible (DelHousaye & Brewer, 2004). Experiencing how my mentor/preceptor leads her team has given me great knowledge and insight on what it means to be a servant leader. On numerous occasions she has had employees come to her with personal issues that require them to miss work, and put the unit in staffing shortages. Even knowing the unit will be understaffed she tells the employees to take care of their personal matters as they are most important. Servant leaders have the ability to see their team members as more than employees and understand that when their team feels happy and fulfilled in their personal lives that it contributes to their success in their professional life. Because of this, servant leaders make it a priority to show their team members they care about them personally and try to help them with personal issues when they are able to (DelHousave & Brewer, 2004). I also learned in this course that it is important to create an environment that people feel safe and secure. Knowing what I do know now about servant leadership, will allow me to create an environment that people feel protected and trusted. I want to provide employees with the best possible working environment I can. I know employees do not want to be managed, they want to be led. With that being said I am going to make that a priority to be a leader for my future employees, and create a work environment that will be successful. Lauren Wrote: I will change my behavior based on what we learned about humility in the textbook. Humility is compared to the submission which is the recognition of legitimate authority (DelHousaye & Brewer, 2004). By leading with humility, you are setting a good example to your employees that you are just as valuable as they are. By placing value on someone’s work it creates a sense of pride for the employee to strive for by allowing them to see that their work has value and that it needs to be completed with care and compassion you can create a better work life balance. It is important for allowing employees to see that they are important and so is the work they do. I really learned that in nursing the leader role is just a title and it is really more about how the actual leader behaves. In regard to servant leadership anyone can be a leader but only a truly loved leader actually leads. A nurse on the unit can be a leader and the manager but just be a title held by someone in a position. It is really important to strive to hold these leadership qualities in the workplace, because that is what truly makes a good leader. Whitney Wrote: The New Testament focuses on seven terms of leadership: power, authority, rule, headship, servant, example, and humility. Each of these has an equal influence on servant leadership and how we can exemplify the behavior of Him in our work. According to DelHousaye and Brewer (2004), servant leaders possess a willingness to sacrifice time and energy to support the achievement of others. They are focused—even at times absorbed—with helping others accomplish their goals. Throughout my practicum, I witnessed several leaders and their personal style of leadership. It was a different viewpoint and eye-opening. I saw my preceptor truly care for those she guides and make the extra effort to put their needs first. When she had an employee that had a sick child, she filled the gap to make sure department needs were met. When I was assigned to observe other departments, I can say that this is not the case with all leaders. I watched an employee finish a shift in the ED while crying from having a breakdown because of the stress of COVID and so many days straight filling holes in the schedule. Instead of the nursing leader helping, she made the assignment and was never seen again. I now realize that the more effort you put into your employees, the greater the feedback you will receive. Abusing power, having the attitude you do no wrong, and using authority against your employees will drive up staff turnover and decrease the quality of the outcomes in your department. The philosophy is simple, the difficult task is changing your behavior if you want quality from your employees. My goal in changing behavior is to always consider the viewpoint of the employee by listening and asking questions. Is their decrease in quality of work due to issues at home? Are they having problems with other coworkers? I strive to always be available and understanding, to serve with the proper strength of power and not abuse it. Witnessing good and bad leaders has been the most valuable in adapting my own behavior.