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SurThriveLeadership: Discovering Your Leadership DNA

presented by Linda M. Shell

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Financial: Linda M. Shell receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Linda M. Shell has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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“Leadership starts at the top” is a common theme heard particularly during challenging times, reflecting the critical role a leader plays in creating a positive work environment. To be effective, leaders must start with a realistic portraiture of their leadership style, including strengths, gaps, knowledge, and experience. This strengths-based approach helps leaders see themselves and others as they really are. Ancient wisdom tells us to love others as we love ourselves. This simply means that leaders must be able to embrace their own unique leadership DNA and learn to build on it. By maximizing one’s innate talent, a leader can have an impact through positive, powerful contributions.

Meet Your Instructor

Linda M. Shell, DNP, MA, RN

Dr. Linda Shell is an advanced practice nurse, consultant, and educator with a passion for developing leaders, delivering quality care, and challenging the status quo of long-term care. As principal of lindashell.com, she collaborates with organizations on education, leadership development, building resilience, fall prevention, dementia programming, and sleep improvement.   Dr. Shell has served on…

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1. What Leadership Is and Why It Matters

According to research, employees don’t leave their employer, they leave their supervisor. The working environment is key to employee satisfaction. This chapter will discuss the differences between leadership and management and why leadership is critical to employee satisfaction.

2. The Leader Within You

Leadership begins with an accurate self-assessment of one’s talent, knowledge, and strengths—your leadership DNA. This chapter will describe the strengths-based approach to leadership. Key actions for maximizing strengths and learning to overcome gaps using strengths will be discussed.

3. Three Common Leadership Styles: Which One When?

Successful leaders use various leadership styles. The key to successful leadership is being adaptable and knowing which style to use when. This chapter will discuss three specific styles important for leading today’s workforce and provide specific examples of how and when to use each.

4. Six Steps of Employee Engagement

Most leaders hold both leadership and management responsibilities. This chapter will discuss the Six Steps of Employee Engagement and provide case studies to demonstrate how they can be used to ensure employees are doing what they are supposed to do, and are engaged in their work.

5. The Path to Excellence

Leadership is not a path to perfection, but rather a journey in the pursuit of excellence. Each challenge faced can be a setback or an opportunity for growth. It is essential that leaders have personal and professional goals that frame their leadership journey. This chapter helps the leader assess challenges and opportunities and develop an action plan for leadership development.

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