"Servant Leadership" is an outstanding example of a paper on care. In my professional life, I work as an assistant nurse manager at the Med/Tele unit. This means that I have a lot of influence I have the capacity to help people succeed. In serving others, I have several roles to play. As an assistant manager, I play an important role in helping nurse managers with their daily tasks, such as the proper operation of health care facilities and managing the other nurses at the unit. I have two kinds of relationships with nurses.
First, I have a nurse-to-nurse relationship with the nurses because I am a registered nurse just like them. Secondly, I have a manager-worker relationship with the nurses because of the virtue of my position at work. In serving nurses, I have to ensure that they are comfortable in the [place of work meaning that I have to understand their needs, difficulties, and challenges and ensure that the needs are met and the challenges and difficulties are addressed. I also have to ensure that they have proper working equipment and clothing and that they work harmoniously with colleagues.
I also have to develop trust with them so that they can feel comfortable sharing their problems. I also serve them by acting as a link between them and the hospital's administration. The relationship between the nurses and me is two-faced in the sense that first, I have a professional relationship with them in terms of nurse-to-nurse relationships because I am a nurse. In serving patients, I have to ensure that they receive the best care when they come to the institution to seek health care services.
This means that I have to ensure that nurses are there to receive patients and can attend them without reservations. I also ensure that patients have a channel through which they can report their complaints when they are not served well by the nurses. With respect to the patients, I have a caregiver/nurse-patient relationship with them. My position as an assistant nurse manager at the hospital is not directly linked to them. According to servant leadership, a leader is a servant to those under him or her and must serve them well.
My responses compare to servant leadership in the sense that I serve both nurses and patients as their leader. Authority is vested in serving the people. My role is to ensure that nurses work without difficulty and the patients receive the care that they need. To do this, I have to serve them in the best way possible as stated above in my responses (DelHousaye & Brewer, 2004). However, in the secular view of authority, as an assistant nurse manager, the nurses should serve me and not the other way round.
This means that I am supposed to work like a boss ordering nurses in the hospital to fulfil certain roles and responsibilities. This conflicts with my responses because I have to serve the nurses so that they can perform their responsibilities properly (Baxter, 2011). In conclusion, my responses compare with the views of servant leadership on authority but contrast with the secular leadership views on the same. As an assistant nurse manager, I am a servant leader as opposed to a secular leader.
Baxter, G. B. (2011). A Leadership Training Manual for the 21st Century Church Leader Based
on the Pattern and Principles Jesus Created to Train the Twelve Apostles.
DelHousaye, D & Brewer, R.K. (2004). Servant Leadership: The Seven Distinctive
Characteristics of a Servant Leader. New York: SBC [Scottsdale Bible Church] Press.