Alexandra, what did invision your adult career to be when you were a child?
When I was young, I remember telling my family about all the wonderful things I was going to do when I grew up. Being a fickle child, I could never decide if I wanted to be a school teacher, a dance teacher, a lawyer or a pharmacist. I figured out all of these professions had one commonality - dealing with people, which was one requirement I was searching for in a career. I must have gone back and forth a million times, until the day I applied for university and chose nursing. A very rash and last minute decision, that has lead me to an amazing profession and has contributed to my passion for health care. If I had to go back and do it all over again, I would not change a thing, as I sincerely believe that this is what I was meant to do.
There are many compelling reasons to undertake an Executive MBA Program. What is your goal for the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
The health care industry is in need of health care professionals, such as registered nurses to challenge themselves by transitioning into leadership positions. Such professionals, with a true understanding of health and health care delivery can contribute real-life experiences to organizational challenges that health care agencies are currently facing. Throughout this Executive MBA my goal is to absorb as many business concepts as possible in order to pull cost-saving strategies and link them to the many challenges the health care system is currently facing. By embracing this challenge, I hope to contribute my acquired knowledge to hospitals and health care agencies by participating in project and change management, as well as health administration.
What qualities do you admire in a mentor Alexandra?
A leader, in my eyes, is someone that you can trust, who is honest and has impeccable people skills. The greatest mentor I’ve had, was an individual who put the needs of the organization first, all by ensuring her staff knew how valuable they were to her and the organization. This created a very positive and productive work environment, which is a practice that I hope to adopt in the future, in a leadership position. Another quality that I have seen in a great leader is adaptability. Every situation is different, and I believe a great leader embraces every issue in different innovative ways.
Originally Posted: October 15, 2014