Discussion 1: Leadership Theories in Practice
A walk through the Business section of any bookstore or a quick Internet search on the topic will reveal a seemingly endless supply of writings on leadership. Formal research literature is also teeming with volumes on the subject.
However, your own observation and experiences may suggest these theories are not always so easily found in practice. Not that the potential isn’t there; current evidence suggests that leadership factors such as emotional intelligence and transformational leadership behaviors, for example, can be highly effective for leading nurses and organizations. Leadership Theories in Practice in Nursing
Yet, how well are these theories put to practice? In this Discussion, you will examine formal leadership theories. You will compare these theories to behaviors you have observed firsthand and discuss their effectiveness in impacting your organization.
- Review the Resources and examine the leadership theories and behaviors introduced.
- Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments.
- Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for review.
By Day 3 of Week 4
Post two key insights you had from the scholarly resources you selected. Describe a leader whom you have seen use such behaviors and skills, or a situation where you have seen these behaviors and skills used in practice. Be specific and provide examples. Then, explain to what extent these skills were effective and how their practice impacted the workplace.
By Day 6 of Week 4
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days by explaining how the leadership skills they described may impact your organization or your personal leadership, or by identifying challenges you see in applying the skills described Leadership Theories in Practice in Nursing
Great discussion, True to your statement, health-promoting leadership aims at indirectly supporting the health of employees by creating healthy working conditions and transformational leadership as defined is a general set of behaviors applicable across various settings where the leader wishes to inspire, motivate, and present a value-based vision that inspires action.
Effective leadership has been identified as crucial to positive patient/client outcomes across all clinical settings and strong leadership is critical for an organization if the vision of a transformed healthcare system is to be realized.
Transformational leaders are leaders that are equipped with effective leadership style, be it democratic or autocratic or a combination of other styles and should not just be present at the highest level of nursing. Rather, transformational leaders should be present at every level of the organization to inspire future leaders, empower the staff and share in the decision making. Leadership Theories in Practice in Nursing
The nursing leadership should set the standard for a transformational leadership and develops a well-articulated philosophy, professional practice model, strategic and quality plans in leading the nursing services.
In addition, nursing leaders must be knowledgeable and competent to be able to support the move for change to meet the current trends of the organization and to improve staff’s performance and satisfaction as well as ensure positive patients’ outcomes. Great post!
I also agree that transformational leaders are focus driven and work to make things happen in a timely and seamless manner- creating and enacting mandates are frequent measures of transformational leaders; however, it is important to note that even when a leader has a clear vision, lasting leadership occurs when people “follow you not because they must but because they want to” (Armstrong, 2018, p140). Everyone likes to be encouraged and to work in a collaborative environment, creating a more effective work environment through heightened morale, team building, and a desire to come together for the good of the unit. Leadership Theories in Practice in Nursing
Reading of how your department operates is how the department I work in used to operate- and it is a good reminder that these places do exist. The leadership within your department echoes what Marshall and Brome (2017) describes as critical to leadership through “leadership development, coaching, and mentoring,” as all critical to developing transformational leadership (p. 164). Within our department, we had an amazing leader; however, when she moved on to a higher role within the organization, there was a vacancy in her position for a long time, and now there doesn’t seem to be cohesion, I am the only nurse left with more than ten years’ experience, we can’t seem to keep nurses in the department, and there is no sense of teamwork. Leadership Theories in Practice in Nursing
Our former director, was always available for questions, she actively worked on the floor, and wasn’t just an administrator (though I understand sometimes this isn’t possible). Nevertheless, through her involvement with the staff, even the small things such as celebrating birthdays, milestones in years of service, etc., she was able to create an atmosphere of a true work family and everyone wanted to work in the department. She demonstrated true leadership through being goal-driven, supportive, and through recognizing the value of teamwork, feedback, collaboration, and making decisions effectively, efficiently, and collaboratively when appropriate (Marshall and Broome, 2017). Leadership Theories in Practice in Nursing
Armstrong, Lori, DNPc, MSN, R.N., N.E.A.B.C. (2018). CNE describes inseparable linkbetween nursing care and patient outcomes. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, 52(2), 140-142. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.gardner-webb.edu/login?url=https://search-proqust-com.ezproxy.gardner-webb.edu/docview/2018965296?accountid=11041
Marshall, E., and. Broome, M. (2017). Transformational leadership in nursing: From expert clinician to influential leader (2nded). New York, NY: Springer.(pp.145-170) Leadership Theories in Practice in Nursing.