Discussion: Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership
Discussion: Interprofessional Organizational and Systems Leadership
Organizational health has a significant effect on its performance and competitiveness. Healthy organizations with supportive culture, leadership, and management have excellent performance and highly motivated workforce. Organizational assessment is important in practice, as it provides an accurate picture of the organization’s health and its ability to address its stakeholder needs. Therefore, this paper examines the implications of the completed work environment assessment. It explores the results of the work environment assessment and their implications and recommends evidence-based strategies that can be adopted to address the identified issues and improve performance.
Work Environment Assessment
My workplace environment scored 60 per the Clark Healthy workplace Inventory, meaning it is “barely healthy” (Clark, 2015). The organization scored poorly in encouraging the free expression of ideas, employee wellness, valuing employees, employee satisfaction, and employee engagement in decision-making. However, reasonable workload and effective conflict resolution were the areas with the best scores. The overall results of 60 surprised me. I did not know that my workplace is uncivil to that extent. There is no joint decision-making in my organization. I just realized that we are often given instructions about new projects, policies changes but we as nurses are never asked to be part of the decision-making. Taking this assessment also made me realize that I have never seen any employee wellness initiative at my organization, implying it does not emphasize self-care. Before the assessment, I thought my workplace is civil enough but that has been proven wrong with the scores.
The other aspect that surprised me about the results is that there is a low level of trust between and among formal leadership and other members in the workplace. Most of the employees reported a lack of trust towards the organizational leadership and other members of the organization. Initially, I believed that employees had a high level of trust towards the organizational leadership. They have never raised any concerns about their relationship with the management. However, based on the assessment result, it could be argued that their minimal involvement by the leadership and management could have contributed to this attitude. Organizational leadership should promote the adoption of interventions that motivate the staff to achieve their personal and professional goals in undertaking their roles. They should also act as role models for best practice interventions in the organization. This is not the case in our organization, hence, the poor score in this aspect during the organizational assessment.
One of the ideas that I believed before conducting the assessment that was confirmed is the fact that the organizational management and leadership do not view employees as assets and valued partners in the organization. Often, the organizational leadership and management make rules and policies that are imposed on the employees. The employees have minimal roles in assessing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating organizational strategic initiatives. The management and leadership also use one-way communication where the employee input on the organization’s strategies is not considered. The consequences of this lack of employee consideration include a low level of job satisfaction and morale among the staff (Titlestad et al., 2018). The assessment results confirmed the ideas, as seen from the lowest score in the statement that focused on whether the employees are viewed as assets and valued partners within the organization.
The assessment results show my organization as unhealthy and with low civility. The organization does not prioritize the needs of its employees as an approach to achieving its performance goals. It does not implement strategies that address the actual and potential employee needs. For example, the organization does not provide its staff with the opportunities to express their issues, concerns, and views on how to meet their needs and those of the organization. The assessment results also demonstrate ineffective leadership and management in the organization, making it an unhealthy and uncivil workplace. Organizational leadership and management are expected to promote excellence among staff. Interventions such as teamwork, interprofessional collaboration, and open communication should be adopted to enhance employee performance and job satisfaction (Clucas et al., 2019). However, this is not the case in my organization since the management and leadership do not prioritize the needs of their staff. As a result, the staff perceives their workplace as unhealthy and less civilized in promoting their optimal health, wellbeing, and functioning. Therefore, interventions that aim at improving an organization’s health and civility should be embraced.
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Discussion 1: Leadership Theories in Practice
A walk through the Business section of any bookstore or a quick Internet search on the topic will reveal a seemingly endless supply of writings on leadership. Formal research literature is also teeming with volumes on the subject.
However, your own observation and experiences may suggest these theories are not always so easily found in practice. Not that the potential isn’t there; current evidence suggests that leadership factors such as emotional intelligence and transformational leadership behaviors, for example, can be highly effective for leading nurses and organizations.
Yet, how well are these theories put to practice? In this Discussion, you will examine formal leadership theories. You will compare these theories to behaviors you have observed firsthand and discuss their effectiveness in impacting your organization.
Review the Resources and examine the leadership theories and behaviors introduced.
Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments.
Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for review.
By Day 3 of Week 4
Post two key insights you had from the scholarly resources you selected. Describe a leader whom you have seen use such behaviors and skills, or a situation where you have seen these behaviors and skills used in practice. Be specific and provide examples. Then, explain to what extent these skills were effective and how their practice impacted the workplace
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