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Self-awareness in Nursing Leadership

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Great leaders spend time on their personal development. They recognise that leading and inspiring others requires a skill-set that includes good communication, interpersonal expertise, emotional intelligence and mentoring skills.

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Great leaders spend time on their personal development. They recognise that leading and inspiring others requires a skill-set that includes good communication, interpersonal expertise, emotional intelligence and mentoring skills. Self-awareness is the foundational skill for personal growth and leadership development. It requires the courage to explore how you think and how you make sense of your world. According to Hendrie Weisinger (1998), "you must understand what is important to you, how you experience things, what you want, how you feel and how you come across to others.”

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Janette Cooper
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Janette Cooper is a registered nurse, currently working as a gastroenterology procedure nurse at Noarlunga Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management from Flinders University, and a certificate in Gastroenterology Nursing from The Queensland University of Technology. In 2012 she began a life coaching course with The Coaching Institute in Melbourne. It has allowed her to combine her two passions of nursing and personal development. She divides her time between gastroenterology nursing and promoting personal development and leadership by means of frequently published articles through Ausmed, leadership presentations and workshops and coaching health professionals wanting to develop their leadership potential.
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Lucy Mutimer
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Denise Heapy
30 Mar 2022
Makes us think and reflect on how we can help ourselves and colleagues in a positive way.
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Katrina Laine
13 Jun 2020
In leading by example, it is critical for leaders to be able to lead themselves first. By being aware of the influences of our thought processes and behaviour toward our leadership traits can we then engage and lead others.
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