“Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?”
Florence Nightingale, 1860, p. 20.
Leadership is a concept is as pervasive as it is elusive. Skilled leadership is essential to providing safe patient care and functioning healthcare institutions. Try these ideas today to boost your nursing leadership skills and be a guide toward “the right thing to be done, ”:
1. Be positive: Enthusiastic, energetic, confident and upbeat leaders instill a positive outlook in followers and are perceived as being more effective (Dhanani, Shen, McHugh, McCord 2015). Leaders with positive traits are transformational leaders. Leading with positivity creates an emotionally motivating style where leaders assist followers by focusing on the greater good and a common goal.
Not a naturally a sunshiny person? You can be more effective through learning to incorporate components of transformational positive leadership: Develop and express a vision, appreciate individuals, challenge others to think of unique ways to solve problems and maintain high ethical standards (Avolio 2003).