Reflective Self Assessment : Reflection

961 Words Nov 29th, 2015 4 Pages
The strong leader recognizes that an important part of information management is reflection. This self-assessment should include personal biases, desires, and preferences. Looking past personal perspectives and reviewing the data within the context out of which it arises deepens the objectivity and clarity with which the leader can observe and assess the data. Critical components that should be carefully accommodated in this reflective self-assessment are: personal biases, current mental models, individual needs, past practices, self-fulfilling expectations, wish listing and prescriptive deliberation. As for my personal biases, I have learned over the years that they are very good yardsticks for me to look at an issue and to know clearly how I feel about it, but I have always known what I think and what I feel are often different than my colleagues and my patients. I use this to keep my mind open to others whose views are different than mine and I use them to approach and analyze situations, but never to influence the decisions or behavior of others. A specific example is that of a woman’s right to choose: I am anti-abortion for myself as a woman but I support safe health care for all women. Current mental models vary from facility to facility and evolve over time. My career has spanned 34 years and I too have evolved during this time. Today, I feel I am working in much more of a collegial culture and one which is at least attempting to embrace diversity…
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