1. Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they show competence and mastery in the tasks they perform. Nurses are deemed competent by means of a license to practice nursing (NLN 2010).
2. Leadership is about values – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they set behavioral standards for all employees that are aligned with the organization’s values, mission, and standards. As a leader, nurses should role model the standards and use them in everyday conversation with both patients and other healthcare providers. (ANA 2019)
3. Leadership is about service – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they go out of their way to serve both patients and their families with personalized care and compassion. While serving it is imperative to be humble, open, and available to seek for opportunities to provide service. (ANA 2019)
4. Leadership is about people and relationships – Nurses who are relationship-driven leaders are more empathetic, patient and tolerant. They approach decision-making subjectively, using personal values as a guide and examining how each option will impact others. They are approachable, strive for harmony among their employees and work to build consensus and trust. https://trainingindustry.com/articles/leadership/relationship-driven-leaders-focus-on-people-not-power/
5. Leadership is contextual – Nurses demonstrate leadership by becoming capable to discern trends in the face of complexity and uncertainty as well as adaptability while still trying to shape events. This is especially relevant in the Operating Room, where the best nursing leaders can adapt to change in a split second. https://www.business-leadership-qualities.com/contextual-leadership.html
6. Leadership is about the management of meaning – Nurses demonstrate leadership by prioritizing what things mean the most in each particular situation. Analyzing the importance of actions is important in nursing because it can prevent a patient’s state from declining.
7. Leadership is about balance – Nurses demonstrate becoming a leader by learning how to efficiently balance. Balanced leadership requires continuous, delicate adjustments to maintain homeostasis. Balance changes with different circumstances. A nurse who is a leader must evaluate situations and make a series of decisions every day. What worked yesterday may be completely inappropriate for today!
8. Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Nurses demonstrate becoming a leader by using wisdom and maturity and by being willing to let go of the notion that they understand how things work and embrace the possibility that they really don’t.
9. Leadership is about effective decision making – Nurses demonstrate leadership by realizing that the reality is that regardless of the value of multiple ideas, some prioritization is needed to determine actions to be taken. This is an exercise in decision-making. Nurses should consider the problem from a number of perspectives and then pose options to obtain the best outcome. More perspectives is always better than just one when making effective decisions!
10. Leadership is a political process – Nurses demonstrate leadership by understanding that organizational politics can cause low morale and an unpleasant work environment. As a leader, it’s important to stay focused on the organizational outcome. By applying favorable leadership qualities, such as integrity and inspiring employees so they perform at their best, a leader helps to set a positive example.
11. Leadership is about modeling – Nurses demonstrate leadership by doing what he or she expects those around them to do. If a nurse expects people to speak respectfully to each other, they should speak respectfully to them. Leadership behaviors and organizational values should be specifically identified and every leader be held accountable for modeling them. Actual behavior will always outweigh a list of values hung on the wall. https://www.business-leadership-qualities.com/leadership-behavior.html
12. Leadership is about integrity – Nurses demonstrate leadership by setting an example to employees and patients of integrity and trust. “Followers determine how trustworthy a leader is based on their ability, their benevolence and their integrity,” he claims. “Followers are willing to be vulnerable in a good way to leaders they trust, and are more inclined to be satisfied with and committed to them.” https://execed.economist.com/blog/industry-trends/why-integrity-remains-one-top-leadership-attributes