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College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
NURS 420 – Professional Role 2:
January 25, 2023
The Practice of a Living Leader
I met many people in my life that I looked up to as a leader. Some of these leaders were teachers, coaches, friends, coworkers, influencers, and family. These leaders did not all carry the same title, yet they all had a positive impact on myself and others. One person that I feel positively influenced by on a day to day basis, especially for continuing my education in nursing, is my brother. I chose to interview him. His name is Mahmoud Jabr and he is a strong, independent, young leader in our family and community. Mahmoud is a 23 year old male who’s a registered nurse, jiu jitsu fighter and coach. He is currently working as a registered nurse along with continuing working on his passion which is a full time jiu jitsu competitor and coach. Despite the obstacles he had to go through to get to where he is at such a young age, he continues to work and learn every chance he gets to become the best version of himself. During our interview, Mahmoud mentioned how he sees himself as a transformational leader. We conducted the interview on March 2nd, 2023 at 0830 PM via person.
Since Mahmoud had already spoken numerous times about his journey, being asked by others on podcasts and whatnot about his journey. He was prepared for the questions asked about leadership. As Mahmoud continues to grow on himself, he continues to self-reflect on the hard-work, striving to be the best version of himself, as well as trusting the process and believing in him-self to turn his goals into a reality. Mahmoud mentioned that he likes to journal about his growth and failures. Either it is about his nursing career, jiu jitsu or overall as a person. This helps him improve and grow in these parts of his life and reach what was mentioned above to his fullest and highest potential. He also said that there are going to be downfalls and failures in life in almost everything difficult or challenging you do. But that is when he picks himself up, reflects,and continues to work on himself.
Furthermore, during our interview we talked about the challenges that he encountered as a leader during the Covid-19 pandemic. When the pandemic occurred, Mahmoud was a nursing student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was also training at that time every single day and leaving almost every weekend for tournaments. I was concerned about how he got studies done while having the pressure of training and competing, to which he responded “When there is a will, there’s a way ”. It has been seen and shown through time in either personal life situations or other people’s situations that personal growth and gain does not come without hard work and sacrifice. The more difficult something is to achieve the most likely with it when you do end up achieving it. It can be a degree, becoming a professional athlete or overall becoming the best version of yourself as a person.
For Mach, he strives to achieve the highest version of himself. I asked him if he runs into any challenges, to which he then said it is not but it’s worth it and that’s what brings him happiness. People tend to get confused with things that are impossible and things that are difficult to achieve. It could be difficult because they are afraid to give up some things they enjoy, to please others or get out of their comfort zones. But for growth and achieving big goals you need to do things you are not comfortable with. For him, his biggest motive was not just for himself but to inspire others that if I can do it others can too. WRITE SOMETHING FROM THIS SITE AND DO APA 7th edition citation. thttps://www.waldenu.edu/programs/psychology/resource/the-pros-and-cons-of-comfort-zones
Prior to the pandemic, everything was “normal” states Mahmoud. He talked about how gyms were open, everyone was out and about and life was just going on. After the pandemic, he saw life as a blessing in disguise. He believed that everything happened for a reason. He grew and learned in that time period, how to adjust and how to be grateful at all times because at any moment things could be taken away from you even if it doesn’t seem like it. After all, Mahmoud believes that before, during, and after the pandemic we should be positive and keep smiling while doing your very best regardless of this situation/circumstances.
Overall, Mahmoud understands why he’s a transformational leader within his nursing and jiu jitsu career. I believe Mahmoud that many of the transformational leadership characteristics apply to him. EXPLAIN WHAT TRANSFORMATION LEADERSHIP IS. GET A SOMETHING FROM A JOURNAL AND CITE AND REFERENCE IT. MUST BE WITHIN THE LAST 10 YEARS and CANNOT BE .COM.
I ended the interview with Mahmoud by asking if he had any advice that he would like to share with my peers that would help them start their leadership journey, and he shared some that I really liked and I believe others would agree. He gave a lot of advice but the biggest one that he felt would be beneficial when someone is giving up, down and has previously failed in something. That’s the time to be motivated more than ever and continue to chase and work for your dreams. That’s the time everyone is successful and great people are different from others. It’s the time when you fall into a mud puddle and stand back up, clean yourself and keep moving forward rather than complain about what has happened and why it has happened. ADD SOMETHING HERE FROM A WEBSITE, CAN’T BE .COM OR MORE THAN 10 YRS AGO. MUST DO APA citation.
Personal Self-Reflection on My Leadership Qualities
In the past few years, I developed many leadership type qualities.. This has to do a lot with the environment that I grew up around. For example, growing up with four brothers and being the only daughter as well as moving several times throughout my life. One of those moving experiences was to the country Jordan living there for a decade and then moving back. But truly one of the first times I felt like a leader was when I was offered two different positions where I served as a leader. One being offered a job as a pharmacy technician manager after only working for about a year. Trust, responsibility, communication, hard work, and devotion is why I got offered this position, despite the fact I had not worked there very long. My manager position involved employee scheduling, working on advertisements, interviewing for jobs, ensuring work is getting done as well as being on call when employees called in. I must be both selfless and selfish with some decisions I make at the end of the day. This includes intense conversations with employees if they violate pharmacy guidelines. (Keep this part actually) My responsibility is summarized with making sure all tasks are completed in a timely manner and that employees are not overwhelmed with their duties.
Another experience in which I was involved in a leadership role in my community was when I served as a teacher’s assistant at my local mosque for one year. Since many children were raised in America and went to public schools, many Arab parents struggled teaching their kids their native language. So, our mosque opened doors to families so their children could learn to read, write, and speak Arabic. At times, students lost focus, and it was my responsibility to help them get back on track. This experience helped me learn how to encourage these kids to enjoy their time, even though they were learning. In order to show these kids the importance of holding on to their language, I had to place myself in their eyes as a good role model, because kids look up and respect those older than them. I was focussed on setting a positive example in every class so that my students could look forward to coming back to learn each week.
I talked about some roles that I have done where I felt or was referred to as a leader, but I don’t believe these are the only things that define leadership. As
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