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Leadership as an Evolving Journey: Mission and Values in Leading Others

Leadership is not solely based on position in an organization. Leaders emerge in all levels of work or organizational life. One’s capacity or success in leadership work is framed through that individual’s own personal sense of mission, the values that frame a commitment to the individual’s work, or the personal goals for a professional career. Leading others is a journey that develops over time and is based upon purpose more than position. This presentation will provide the attendees with a reflection on my personal journey, my successes and failures, and how this has evolved over time.

Activity Date:
Start Date:   May 18, 2021
End Date:  May 18, 2024
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  • Geraldine “Polly” Bednash, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

There is no fee for this activity, but to receive contact hours you must register online and complete the online Attestation and Evaluation form (you must register to access this form).

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss how a personal mission and the values that shape that mission, provide a strong foundation that supports an individual leadership journey in a professional career.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

Dartmouth-Hitchcock will award contact hour(s) for successful completion. In order to receive full contact hour credit for this Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation 
  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content have reported NO financial interest or relationship* with various companies. There were no individuals in a position to control the content that refused to disclose.

*A “financial interest or relationship" refers to an equity position, receipt of royalties, consultantship, funding by a research grant, receiving honoraria for educational services elsewhere, or to any other relationship to a company that provides sufficient reason for disclosure, in keeping with the spirit of the stated policy.

Bibliographic Sources
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  • Haden, K and Jenkins, R.  (2015)  The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders:  Unlocking Your Leadership Potential.  Deeds Publishing: Atlanta.
  • Heifetz, R and Linsky, M. (2002)  A Survival guide for leaders. Harvard Business Review: June, pp 2-12.
  • Interprofessional Education Collaborative. (2021)  ipecollabortive.org.
  • Kotter, J.  Leading change: Why transformation efforts fail.  Harvard Business Review, January, 2007.
  • Lowney, Chris.  (2019)  The intersection of mission and leadership.  Missiononline.net.
  • Sanford, K and Moore, S. (2015)  Dyad Leadership:  When One Plus One is Greater than Two.  Wolters Kluwer: Philadelphia.
  • Sinek, Simon. (2014)  How great leaders inspire action.  TED Talk.  March.
  • VanVelsor, E, McCauley, C. D. and Ruderman M.N.  (2010)  The Center for Creative Leadership Development.  Jossey-Bass: New Jersey. 3rd edition.
Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions of the activity or regarding accreditation: 

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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