Workers are given responsibility, accountability, and feedback regarding their performance. Relationships are important to this leader who places a focus on quality improvement of systems and processes, rather than on mistakes of individual team members. As a nurse leader you are an example to others—either positive or negative. It may be necessary for you to adopt characteristics from a variety of leadership styles based on the situation at hand. Regardless of the leadership activity needed, it is important to act with integrity, to set realistic goals, to communicate clearly and often, to encourage others, to recognize the successes of your team members, and to inspire them to provide the best of care.
Inspirational motivation gives the nurse leader ability to inspire and motivate the nursing staff in a visible active way and form relationship that is nurturing with the nurses and other medical staff. Idealized influence puts the nurse leader on the toe of being an effective, positive role model by doing as says and never asking the staff nurse to do something that the leader him/herself cannot do. The nurse leader is able to be consistent in words and actions that are professional and supportive. Transformational leadership practice improves job satisfaction and patient outcomes and enabling achievement through shared
In particular, leaders will clarify the path so subordinates know which way to go, remove roadblocks that are stopping them going there and increasing the rewards along the route. Leaders can take a strong or limited approach in these. In clarifying the path, they may be directive or give vague hints. In removing roadblocks, they may scour the path or help the follower move the bigger blocks. In increasing rewards, they may give occasional encouragement or pave the way with gold.
Whilst, a manager devotes to control and manage the human and material resources by applying leadership skills to accomplish the organizational goals. Hence, understanding the existing works of literature; a nurse leader and a manager work in coordination toward a common goal although, their position within the health care hierarchy is different. According to AANAC (2014) there are five major leadership styles namely, democratic, autocratic, transformational, servant and lassies-fair leadership. No leadership style can be said the best suit to be employed because it depends on the circumstances and the nature of the organization (Burn 2003). However, the author argues that an ideal style that a nurse leader can use is the transformational leadership style which is characterized by building the inter-professional relationship, motivating and encouraging the staff in decision making, being confidence in action and sharing the visions and missions (AANAC
A good and efficient leadership in the implementation of diverse nursing roles are seen to have a great impact on addressing concerns and eventually believe in retaining dedicated nurses in their respective units to carry on their noble responsibilities. Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Good leaders are made, not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader (Jago, 1982). Leadership can be learned and nurtured.
This reflection will identify the leadership theories and motivational theory I subscribe to and give tangible examples of them in my leadership. Upon reviewing the theories presented regarding leadership, I immediately identified closely with two of them. The first I identified with was the situational theory which proposes that leaders take into account the situational variables and choose the best course of action (Cherry, 2015). The leadership style in these situations can vary depending on the audience and allow for optimal results. In my field of network planning, I am expected to be the subject matter expert on various systems and processes.
Strong relationship does engage the team to work together and here the nurse leader’s role is important as they need to be fair with all their team members at all times. The nurse leader need to understand that as a human everyone does occasionally makes mistakes. If criticize is required, the nurse leaders need to be more tactful and give constructive feedback rather than destructive feedbacks. An effective nurse leader will be able to built an atmosphere where everyone respect each other and putting the team first, making it clear to the team that the nurse leader is more interested in group achievement rather than personal gains. It is not doubtful that there are many challenges that the nurse leaders need to face in order to carry out their role effectively and
Nursing managers and leaders play a critical role in influencing the safety and quality of healthcare services on offer as well as the business of healthcare institutions. The managers and leaders individually strive towards influencing the behavior of the rest of the nursing personnel to provide direct, professional and individualized nursing care. Thus, although both of them play a mediated role, their responsibilities and style of accomplishing tasks within a health organization may differ. In practice, nursing managers and leaders are likely to employ significantly different approaches in identifying and exploiting resources within an institution and in resolving issues that may be threatening the operations of a healthcare institution.