Learning And Recognizing My Leadership Style

1117 Words5 Pages
Learning and Recognizing My Leadership Style
Nurses play vital roles in health care organizations. How they are managed by their leaders can drastically affect their performance and influence patient outcomes. It is very important to understand the different leadership styles that are often found in the workplace, as well as their effects on the staff and those under their care. I will be discussing three very common leadership styles practiced and identified by most leaders today.
Leadership is a process, it entails influence, occurs within a group setting and involves shared goals or visions (Schreuder et al., 2011). The concept of leadership "style" emerged from this term and authoritarian, democratic and laissez-faire styles of leadership were developed. In the clinical setting, all of the different leadership styles were used depending on the situation.
Authoritarian or autocratic leaders provide clear expectations for what needs to be done, when it should be done, and how it should be done. This style of leadership strongly focuses on both command by the leader and control of the followers. Authoritarian leadership is best applied in situations where the leader is the most knowledgeable person in the group. You may also see this occur when there is no time for group decision making and rapid decisions are needed. However, this can sometimes be controversial due to members of the group not feeling like their voice is heard. This type of leader may sit at
Get Access