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Personal philosophy of leadership

Leadership is the ability of one to guide others; it is based on ones abilities and qualities rather than skills. One is born with these inherent qualities and naturally leads others; these qualities are such as honesty, courage, confidence, determination and wisdom among others. A leader is different from a manager, while a leader is born with the qualities a manger is created from skills he acquires. The leader can become a manger while a manger is not necessarily a leader. The leader is seen as a person in charge they are consulted for they ability to make decisions and guide the course of events. While this may be true the leader is also a servant, a good leader’s purpose is to serve those who he has been bestowed upon the responsibility of guiding. This may seem absurd but looking at leadership from a critical point of view one is able to understand the huge responsibility on their shoulders as they are often looked upon.
The position of leadership is either bestowed upon them or it comes naturally, when a faced by a certain decision a leader in a group will emerge without being appointed. Leadership is then called upon to be based on ethics. The reason for this is that leadership in today’s world is under constant scrutiny, everyone is watching the actions of the leader they make comments and pass judgment. The leadership position is no longer a revered position, it is one thought respected is not exempted from the society’s scrutiny. A good leader is one who involves those he leads in the every decision making and activities of this group. The leadership role should also elevate the followers to a higher and better position.
Leadership is meant improve the individuals, a leader that leads those he leads into destruction or ruin is not an ethical leader. Ethically there are accepted behavioral aspects that are expected of a leader, the leader is not supposed to abuse the powers bestowed to him. They should not betray the trust and loyalty empowered to them by others, they are supposed to be consistent, should not hoard privileges and more so they should accept responsibility. These are the ethical aspects of leadership expected by the society.
Personal Leadership Competence
Leadership theories have been in use to help describe leadership. The transformational leadership theory is based upon the ethical approach, where both the leader and followers are engaged in a combined effort to raise each other. Transformational leaders raise the standards by being good examples to their followers. The process or transactional leader whose concern the creation of structures that he expects the followers to adhere to, of they do he rewards them.
The transformational leader promotes social values and encourages his followers.
Leadership development is not only restricted to mangers and leaders but can be useful to employees who are seeking to further their skills in leadership. In order for one to effectively develop their leadership skills, they need to develop a plan. This is guided by leadership competence skills.
The first step to achieving a personal leadership plan is the identification of goals. In order for me to achieve a healthcare leadership competence in the 21st century, the first step is to complete the master program in health informatics. This training is meant to give me skills in the information sector that are necessary in the field of health. The use and application of computers, information technology in the healthcare sector necessitates the learning of health informatics.
This will be acquired in the process of training and work experience as a nurse. Then I must access proficiency.
The next step in my leadership development plan is the identification of learning experiences. As a nurse i need to develop a learning contract with my immediate supervisor. This step is necessary as it gives me hands on experience and learning opportunities in the work environment. The supervisor is there to give guidance, work experiences and a guide in the learning process in the work place. This interaction also assists one in the acquiring of leadership skills especially when a supervisor assigns one an assignment.
In the learning process I should get a mentor in the field of nursing. This mentor is an authority in the area in which I am interested in. the purposes of mentors are to assist the learner in the learning process, they are both friends and leaders to the leaner. A mentor should be able to assist the learner in their quest for knowledge, give those resources, and practical experience as well as the exposure they require.
During this learning process, to acquire the necessary leadership skills, as a potential nursing director, I should engage in some cross training program. The purpose of which is to acquire theoretical knowledge in the field of interest. Programs such as these may involve workshops, or seminars organized in the work place. Volunteering for duty is one other sure way of accruing leadership skills. Grabbing the opportunity to fill in the position of a supervisor or staff that is away will expose one to the daily responsibilities. It is during these instances that one is well aware of their qualities as a leader, their shortcomings and strengths because this opportunities offer one the chance to exercise their knowledge. Filling in the position of a senior nurse even for one day is a fulfilling exercise; it even exposes one to the management.
An important learning practice is that of joining outside professional organizations. Either as a
trainee, a part time worker or a volunteer the purpose again is learning, getting a feel of the leadership skill outside your workplace, gaining insights into how other organizations work. While learning can be obtained within the organizations workshops and training programs, but it is also good to obtain certifications from other institutions of learning in the medical field.
Short courses offered add value to an individual as well as training in the relevant field. With today’s ever changing market, institutions of higher learning are developing short courses to training professionals. A nurse can find these courses useful if they intend to further their career. These courses are also flexible in terms of time, evening, weekends holidays or even online and correspondence. It is important to try out online self test programs; these are meant to provide an individual with an opportunity to self evaluate themselves. Apart from these online programs ,there are books and tapes available on the self test.
Upon completion of the learning experiences it is necessary to have a developmental plan. This plan should detail the duration of time, specific objectives and goals to be achieved. The developmental plan should entail the learning experiences. The mentor, the short courses one intends to attend. Organizations that one is attending should incorporate self test, this show also state the results of the test. The strengths and weaknesses of the individual, s a nurse the developmental plan should have the short and long term goals. The plan of completing health informatics course, the steps intended to achieve skills in order to be a nurse director.
Strategic planning should be involved in the developmental planning stage; this involves the vision statement of the person. The vision here is to a nurse director; basically the vision is based on the long term goals. Strategic planning also consists of the mission, a personal mission details the specific objectives and how they plan to achieve them. By completing a course in informatics health and developing plans to achieve leadership training I am well on the way of becoming a nurse director.
After planning, it is important to complete the learning experiences. These experiences were set in the time frame of the development plan. As one attains the learning experiences it is important to assess the progress. Assessment can be carried out during the experience or on completion of the experience. Continual assessment is advised since one can put checks in place as they undergo the learning process. Continuous assessment is supposed to assist in making sure that the goals are being fulfilled. It is during this assessment periods that one can incorporate short term goals in the master plan. The short term goals are like check makers in a plan, having achieved a certain short term goal one is then able to move to the next learning activity. Plans also change during these continuous assessments, this is in a case where it is found that the plan was not achieving the long term objective. Apart from continuous assessments one can carry out an assessment at the end of the exercise. This is at the end of the program, this is meant to evaluate the success of the program, and whether on e was able to achieve the goals set out. If this was not done then one goes back to the first step and identify new goals. The assessment should clearly give a guide where a step went wrong.
In summary a leader is the decisive factor in the organization and society at large. Leadership should be based on ones abilities and qualities rather than skills. One is born with these inherent qualities and naturally leads others; these qualities are such as honesty, courage, confidence, determination and wisdom among others. A leader should be very different from a manager, while a leader is born with the qualities a manger is created from skills he acquires. The leader can become a manger while a manger is not necessarily a leader. The leader is seen as a person in charge they are consulted for they ability to make decisions and guide the course of events. While this may be true the leader is also a servant, a good leader’s purpose is to serve those who he has been bestowed upon the responsibility of guiding. The development of an individual to a leader should be based on self motivation. By attaining leadership skills one should be able to effectively mange and his peers. Personal leadership skills are meant for self improvement, they assist one in the workplace and his career objectives.
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Multimedia Applications

v Develop an interactive animated movie that contains specified title and story. You are given the freedom of choosing the titles specified in Section 4.0. The focus of this multimedia application is to help the general public to be aware or to be educated about the current issue, or fields of interest you have chosen. The animated movie that you are yet to develop is to be used as an informative or educational tool. The scope and contents of the title chosen are to be entirely determined by the students.
v Develop the students’ practical ability to implement and document multimedia application.
v Introduce student to the current technical issues in the area of multimedia.
At the end of this project, the students should be able to:
Ø Develop multimedia presentation relating to a specific topic using the multimedia tools.
Ø Distinguish the difference between effective and ineffective use of multimedia.
Ø Have an impressive portfolio piece, and a thorough understanding of multimedia fundamentals.
v List of project topics for you to choose are as follows:
Albert Einstein
Stephen Hawking
The life of DaVincci
President Lincoln
President Kennedy
President George Washington
Thomas Edinson
Apollo 13
Political system in any country
French Revolution
Greatest Invention in Malaysia
Prime Minister in any country
Richest man in the world
About the great artist, Picasso
Russian Revolution
Story about police
Van Gogh
Micheal Angelo
Queen Elizabeth of England
Human cloning
Any Fairy Tales
The greatest artists in Malaysia
William Shakespeare
Nielson Mandela
Story about diamond
The greatest literature of England
Story about firemen
Story about FBI
Living beings in the sea
Living beings in the desert
Great Philosopher in the world
5.0 TYPE:
v Individual work
v You need to register the chosen titles with your lecturer, and get these approved. A proposal form of the project chosen is to be handed to me three weeks from today (submit on or before 18th October 2009; Total number of pages: half page)
v Your application must have significant use of the following elements so that you get some practice with them:
Text and animated text
v All elements mentioned above might not be able to be covered in lecture before the submission due date, therefore you must learn yourself first so that you can apply them on your application. No doubt there will be further clarifications as the days progress!
v The documents (project report in printed form; Assignment 1) and Multimedia Application (animated movie) in the form of a CD-ROM (assignment 2).
v The completed animated movie must be compiled into an (*.exe) executable file and burned into a CD-ROM. Do not submit some other format like *.html, *.dir, etc.
v The CD-ROM should also consist of raw media files (e.g. *.jpg, *.gif, *.psd, .mov etc.) and all Flash working files (*.fla).
v The running time of your movie should not less than 1 minutes
v As part of your assessment, you will have to submit the project report in printed form which include the followings:
* Table of contents
* Acknowledgement Section
* Objectives of your animated movie
* Targeted users’ background
* Targeted users’ requirements
* Concepts art and character design
* Abstract
* Application structure
* Storyboard
* Creative and unique features in your movie
* References (Use Harvard Naming Convention; Refer notes below)
v You may source pictures and information from the Internet. If you have accessed the Internet, reference the resources used carefully in your document.
v All references must be made using the Harvard Naming Convention as shown below:
The theory was first propounded in 1970 (Larsen, A.E. 1971), but since then has been refuted; M.K. Larsen (1983) is among those most energetic in their opposition……….
List of references at the end of your document must be specified in the following format:
Larsen, A.E. 1971, A Guide to the Aquatic Science Literature, McGraw-Hill, London.
Larsen, M.K. 1983, British Medical Journal (Online), Available World Wide Web: URL:
(Accessed 19 November 1995)
Further information on other type of citation is available in Li, X. and Crane (1993), Electronic Style: A Guide to Citing Electronic Information, Meckler, Westport.
v Total number of pages for the documents is in the range of 20 to 40 pages
v Criteria for assessment will be based on:
Ø Documentation (Assignment 1):
Marks Allocated
Target users’ background and their requirements
Concepts Art and character design
Storyboard (Inclusive of abstract, application structure and layout of application)
Creative and unique features in your movie
Originality (Reflected from Referencing of materials and Summary of what you have created or what effects have you made on multimedia elements)
Ø Implementation (Assignment 2):
Marks Allocated
Title and content:
* Implementation suitable for intended audience?
* Interesting?
* Unique?
* Clear?
* Originality
Level of originality and innovation of graphics:
* Amount of graphics self developed
* Amount of graphics extracted directly from external source.
* Amount of graphics extracted from external source and further innovated (like adding special effects added on the graphics)
* Graphics quality
* Quality of effects and innovation
* Amount of animations self developed
* Amount of animations extracted directly from external source.
* Amount of animations extracted from external source and further innovated (like adding special effects added on the graphics)
* Depth and quality of animations
* Sound effect used?
* Voice recorded?
* Music used?
* Sound quality
* Level of interactivity (full interactivity? Or merely click and display)
* Special Effects done on the system
* Use of ActionScripts (ActionScript is strongly encouraged to use. If you have done so, remember to put the full script in your document. However, absent of ActionScript will not deduct your marks)
* Full screen?
* Able to run smoothly?
System development (compliant with the documents e.g. storyboard submitted earlier)
* Professional style
* Good use of language
* Capability in answering questions addressed by lecturer
* Proper referencing and citations.
v Documentation contributes 40% and Implementation contributes 60% of the overall marks.
v All reports must be prepared with a front cover. A protective transparent plastic sheet can be placed in front of the report to protect the front cover. The front cover should be presented with the following details:
a) Names.
b) Intake code.
c) Subject.
d) Project Title.
e) Date Assigned (the date the report was handed out).
f) Date Completed (the date the report is due to be handed in).
v You are advised to analyse your audience and survey the existing materials before starting out. Then, brainstorm, flowchart your ideas to see the general flow and finally, develop. Planning saves you a tot of heartache and headache later on.
v You have the options of developing the multimedia application using one of the following multimedia tools for your project:
Text and animated text
Win Word, Notepad
Graphic Editing
Any Sound editing tools like Audacity
Video (Optional)
Windows Movie Maker
Macromedia Suite (Flash, Director)
v You are expected to maintain the utmost level of academic integrity during the duration of the course.
v Plagiarism is a serious offence and will be dealt with according to APIIT’s regulations on plagiarism.
Multimedia Applications in-course assessment handout