Other people often see us in a different way, so personal development is most effective when we can include others in our feedback program. After all, can we ever really know the extent of our ignorance?
Your assignment is to conduct a “mini-360” evaluation of yourself. You should have already read the material on 360 feedback in Chapter 20. Review that information in the textbook about 360 assessment. We are going to violate a lot of the rules in doing this, but we just want to give you a flavor of the exercise. You are to pick 3 individuals–ideally select: 1 “supervisors”, 1 “peers”, and 1 “reports”–and send them an email (example shown below) asking for their honest feedback. Supervisors are persons that have been “above” you in some sense–a boss at work, a teacher in a class, a mentor, an internship preceptor, etc. Peers are those who are “at your level”—fellow students, co-workers, etc. Reports are persons that are “below you”–someone you have supervised in some way (even a younger sibling might work). Send them the email below (minor modifications are OK), and collect their feedback. Summarize it and compare and contrast it to your own assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
As part of a class I am taking on healthcare leadership, I have to complete an exercise in gathering feedback from other people on my strengths and weaknesses. I would like you to be one of the people who provide that feedback. I would appreciate it if you could respond to this email with a reply to the following questions:
What would you say are my greatest strengths as a leader? What am I good at already?
What are my greatest areas of challenge as a leader? Where do I need to improve?
Please be as candid as you can in your responses. My goal is to understand those areas of personal development to focus on so that I can reach my potential as a leader in health care. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and help with this assignment.
By now you have identified your personal mission and vision, your strengths and weaknesses, your personal and professional goals, and had feedback from supervisors, peers and reports. This last exercise is designed to move you from where you are to where you want to be. You need a plan, a map, a strategy to do that. Look at your goals. What actions do you need to take to achieve them? What strengths can you apply in that action? What obstacles are you likely to encounter and how will your weaknesses prevent you from overcoming those obstacles? What do you need to do to improve upon your identified weakness to surmount that obstacle?
There’s no set way to write a developmental plan, but those are some of the questions to consider. The text has an example (Appendix B). I would encourage you to take some initiative and search online for other examples.
You should prepare a developmental plan for at least 1 of your professional and 1 of your personal goals.