Key Concepts Of Nursing Leadership

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To many, leaders are not born, but made. It is increasingly accepted, however, that in order to be a good leader, one must have the experience, knowledge, commitment, patience, and most importantly the skill to negotiate and work with others to achieve goals. Good leaders are thus made, not born. Good leadership is developed through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and the accumulation of relevant experience (Bass & Bass, 2009). The basis of a good leadership is strong character and selfless devotion to an organization; from the perspective of employees, leadership is comprised of everything a leader does that affects the achievement of objectives and the well-being of employees and the organization. Similarly, trustworthiness…show more content…
The nurse leader combines clinical, administrative, financial, and operational skills to solve problems in the care environment so that nurses can provide cost effective care in a way that is satisfying and health promoting for patients and clients. Such an environment does not simply happen; it requires special skills and the courage and motivation to move a vision into action. Thus the study of nursing leadership and care management focuses critical thinking on what it takes to be a nursing environment architect, transition leader, and manager of care delivery services (Huber, 2014). In this assignment, the key concepts of leadership will be explained. This includes the definition, process and characteristics of nursing leadership. Furthermore, the functions of two important leadership functions (task-oriented and employee-oriented) for effective group performance will be described in details. Lastly, various styles of leadership and how do managers with various leadership styles differ in their ability to influence or reward subordinates will be discussed based on the…show more content…
These may include power, influence, followership, dynamic personality, charisma, goals, autocratic behavior, innovation, cleverness, warmth and kindness. We may also think about leaders we have worked with in the past, or are currently working with, and reflect on the qualities and behavior of an effective leader (Curtis, de Vries, & Sheerin, 2011). Leadership is defined as a process of influence in which the leader influences others toward goal achievement. Influence is an instrumental part of leadership and means that leaders affect others, often by inspiring, enlivening, and engaging others to participate (Dubrin, 2015). The process of leadership involves the leader and the follower in interaction. This implies that leadership is a reciprocal relationship. Leadership can occur between the leader and another individual; between the leader and a group; or between a leader and an organization, a community, or a society. Defining leadership as a process helps us understand more about leadership than the traditional view of a leader being in a position of authority, exerting command, control, and power over subordinates. There are many more leaders in organizations than those who are in positions of authority (Kelly, 2012). Leadership can also be defined as an ability to use of interpersonal skills to influence others to achieve a particular goal (Sullivan &

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