Leadership Style And Personal Strengths Essay

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Using Leadership Style and Personal Strengths to Succeed in a Doctoral Program
Leadership is an important outcome of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program (Zaccagnini & White, 2014). Measurement tools are available that identify leadership style (Clark, 2010) and personal talents, called Signature Themes (Gallup, Inc., 2010). When leadership style and personal strengths are identified, they can be maximized to achieve success (Clark, 2010; Gallup, Inc., 2010). This paper provides both a framework about the importance of leadership in the DNP curriculum and several examples of how I will use my leadership style and Signature Themes to succeed in the DNP program.
Leadership in DNP Program Curricula
Prior to the development of the DNP degree, several practice-focused doctoral programs existed in the United States; however, they did not have uniform curricular standards (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2004). An AACN task force (2004) studied the programs and recommended they be consolidated into one practice doctorate, called the DNP. The AACN task force found that leadership preparation was a common curricular thread in each practice doctoral program (AACN, 2004). In 2006, the AACN published The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice to establish guidelines for DNP curriculum development. The emphasis on leadership
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