Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Portraits of Leadership: Mosaics and Mirrors

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Portraits of Leadership: Mosaics and Mirrors

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Leadership in America has been challenged on the world stage in response to factors, such as war, terrorism, and political unrest, just to name a few. The American landscape has seen drought, fires, and floods and other natural disasters that have posed challenges as well. Just as American leaders have been challenged by world concerns, nurse leaders have been challenged by competition for dwindling human and fiscal resources that must meet the needs of the constituents served. All professional disciplines and fields of study in health-related areas, especially nursing, acknowledge a belief in the freedoms that countries such as America offer. Established leaders in nursing should deliberately, yet strategically, expose burgeoning leaders to strategies that result in advocacy on behalf of the public. Americans enjoy freedoms and its nurse leaders should make a difference by reducing the health disparities experienced by its citizens. Leaders in nursing are not unique in terms of the expertise required, and Project LEAD has made a difference as it has sought to narrow the divide.

This editorial is written knowing that this august body of readers will understand the many facets of leadership and the innate and learned skills of those who aspire to be leaders or assume leadership positions for altruistic reasons. Leaders are required to balance what they have learned and their intellectual ability with the organization's culture and create a portrait, whether a mosaic or a mirror. MerriamWebster's Online Dictionary (2007b) defines a mosaic as "a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns" and a mirror as "a polished or smooth surface (as of glass) that forms images by reflection" (2007a). It is a matter of personal taste whether the viewer prefers a "mosaic" of different hues, shapes, and forms of colored glass or a "mirror" of reflective glass, but both portraits have value because they are works of art that are delicately balanced with skill and purpose. Effective leaders are required to have the ability to work within environments and balance leadership attributes to create mosaics and mirrors.

The integration of personality traits is an important factor in environments, which can be comprised of a spiritual world or a physical brick and mortar world. …

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