By utilizing the Gallup Organizations StrengthsFinder, it gave me the ability to identify my “top five” signature themes. My themes include 1. Strategic, 2. Achiever, 3. Relator, 4. Responsibility 5. Learner. Being able to identify my themes, I can apply these various talents to my DNP project and project team. Due to the complexities of working in a large academic medical center, implementing change is challenging. My strongest talent, strategic, will help me and my DNP project team navigate the complexities of the organization in a timely fashion.  Strategic theme involves the innate ability to sort through the clutter and find the best path to move a process forward. This will allow me to clearly communicate the process for change to my project team. Once the team understands how to move forward, they will advocate the change to a larger network of stakeholders to make the change a success.

For my 2nd theme, achiever, I am known for my hard work and productivity. This works well for independent projects. However, working on a team and implementing change on a larger scale, I will need help from my project team to set realistic goals of achievement. For this, I will need those on my project team with high work ethic and communication skills; who can speak up if the project goals become overzealous. As a relator, my 3rd theme, I value close relationships with others. For my project team, I can choose those I have strong working relationships. This is achievable because I select my project team, but it is not necessarily achievable with all those individuals needed to implement a change.  It is important with those on my project team as well as myself, to build healthy, trusting working relationships with those involved with my DNP project development and implementation.

With the responsibility theme as my 4th theme, I take a psychological ownership over the things I set out to do and I seek honesty and loyalty. I believe the honesty and loyalty needs to go both ways so when I choose members for my project team, I want those team members who can give and receive honest feedback. The ability to give one another feedback results in minimal communication barriers. This is important to keep the project flowing smoothly. Lastly my 5th theme is learner.  As a learner, I want to learn and continuously improve. This theme highlights the DNP essentials, particularly, the DNP essentials I, II, III and VIII. Any process improvement involves learning the current process and looking out into the literature and learning what is the best evidence to implement as the new process. I will need those members on my project team to be vulnerable and open to learn a new way of doing things which may challenge the current culture of the organization.

Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow ( Rath & Conchie, 2009)