Individual’s preconceived notions, prejudices, and their own interpretations of other cultures may impact the workplace in different ways and should be managed to avoid the negative effects associated with this aspects (Polzer, 2003). It is important for nurse leaders to change these perceptions in their work environment as they can have a destructive outcome in a healthcare setting. Prejudice, preconceived notions, and stereotyping create an aspect of superiority and inferiority in a work environment, which may lead to disrespect between members (Polzer, 2003). This may also lead to communication problems between members working in the same environment. Nurse leaders can create a balanced environment by creating awareness of the differences to ensure that all members understand other individual’s perspectives (Polzer, 2003).
This will enable the members to change their different assumptions and overcome any negative perceptions. Educating the employees is also important and is aimed to help the members to understand the diversity of cultures (Polzer, 2003). The psychodynamic approach can be employed to help the employees get along with each other and work together by focusing on the human behavior, which is key in achieving this objective (Northouse, 2015). This can be accomplished through education and training to help individuals to understand that people are different and unique. This will positively impact the individuals in their decision-making process as well as how the individuals interact with each other in the work setting (Northouse, 2015).
A nurse leader can focus on encouraging and motivating his/her followers through positive remarks as he/she has a large impact on the followers (Northouse, 2015). Due to this influence, a nurse leader may impacts how individuals interact with each other and how different members treat each other. This is achieved by the behavior the leader supports and emulates (Northouse, 2015). If a leader is focused on encouraging good behavior, members are likely to be positively impacted by this leadership aspect. A leader can also employ the psychodynamic approach by being careful of his/her unconscious behavior as this impacts his/her decisions in addressing certain situations in the organization (Northouse, 2015).
Northouse, P. G. (2015). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Polzer, J. T. (2003). Leading teams. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School. HBS#: 403094-PDF-ENG.