Principles of Leadership in Nursing

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A pattern of personal success begins with a plan. Planning is, in fact, one of the core principles of leadership in any field. In Principle-Centered Leadership, Stephen Covey (1992) states, "careful planning helps us maintain a sense of perspective, purpose, and ordered priorities," (p. 77). Without perspective, purpose, and ordered priorities, one can become distracted, discouraged, and dismayed when their goals have yet to be met. Covey's flagship book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People includes several references to the importance of planning. In fact, several of the Seven Habits are related to the importance of planning and strategizing for success. The first set of habits is related to self-mastery and independence. Cultivating self-mastery and independence requires three core habits, according to Covey: being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, and putting first things first. A personal and professional development plan hinges on these three habits of highly successful people. My personal and professional development plan is related to a career in nursing. I am in an advanced degree program, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) because I have already been proactive in achieving my dream of being a nurse. Covey (1989) advises that we take a strong initiative in making our dreams happen, rather than depend on other people to pave the way for our success. Sometimes, we have to do the heavy lifting. Pursuing a higher education is not easy. It requires
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