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MCH Leadership Competencies

Competency 2: Self-Reflection

DEFINITION

Self-reflection is the process of assessing the impact of personal values, beliefs, communication styles, cultural influences, and experiences on one’s personal and professional leadership style. By engaging in self-reflection, MCH leaders:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of their personal and cultural biases, experiences, values, and beliefs and how these may influence future action and learning.
  • Identify personal strengths in both informal and organizational contexts.
  • Explore personal leadership styles and attributes in relation to the settings in which
    they work.
  • Strive for balance between private and professional lives to optimize well-being.

KNOWLEDGE AREAS

MCH leaders will demonstrate a working knowledge of:

  • The impact of self-assessment and self-reflection on leadership style and interpersonal interactions.
  • Characteristics and utility of different leadership styles.
  • Sources of personal reward, resilience, and rejuvenation, as well as signs of stress and fatigue.

SKILLS

Foundational. At a foundational level, MCH leaders will:

  1. Recognize the way one’s personal attitudes, beliefs, and experiences influence leadership style.
  2. Advanced. Building on the foundational skills, MCH leaders will:
  3. Use self-reflection techniques to enhance program development, service delivery, patient care, community collaboration, teaching and research, scholarship, and interpersonal communication.
  4. Identify a framework to obtain productive feedback from peers and mentors.
  5. Apply understanding of one’s own leadership style to assemble and promote cohesive, well-functioning teams with diverse and complementary styles.

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