Applying The Laws Of Leadership

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Applying The Laws of Leadership to Nursing As John C. Maxwell (2007) wrote, “The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others.” (p. 51). This quote exemplifies what it means to be a transformational leader. This paper will discuss the positive impact a transformational leader can have on the field of nursing, how it will be applied to my future nursing career and how it has changed my attitude about leadership. Background John C. Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership explains what Maxwell, a leadership aficionado, believes to be the most important aspects to being a successful and empowering leader. Each chapter highlights an aspect of leadership that Maxwell considers to be…show more content…
During the 1970’s leadership expert James M. Burns came up with the idea of transformational leadership. He believed that both leaders and followers should motivate each other to achieve a higher level of success. The concept of transformational leadership was then expanded on by Bernard Bass when he developed the Transformational Leadership Theory, which is comprised of four components. Those components are: idealized influence, inspirational motivation, individualized consideration, and intellectual stimulation (Cherry, 2016). Personality traits that transformational leaders possess are being a good communicator, charismatic, inspirational, trustworthy and influential (Smith, 2016). Definitions The most prevalent theme of leadership seen throughout The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is being an empowering and transformational leader. A transformational leader is described as someone who is committed to a goal and is able to empower and inspire others to help achieve that goal (Marquis & Huston, 2015). Maxwell’s Law of Empowerment states that to empower someone means to help that person reach their fullest potential in life (Maxwell, 2007). A leader does this by “being on their side, encouraging them, giving them power, and helping them succeed.” (Marquis & Huston, 2015, p. 145). Personally, I believe empowering someone means encouraging someone to become a better version of themselves and inspiring them to reach
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