The Application Of Servant Leadership

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The Application of Servant Leadership in Nursing Practice When one thinks of successful leadership, words like power, authority, and control often come to mind. Examining leadership in detail reveals that many leadership styles exist. Some leaders may be authoritarian, where their rules are law and enforced in a utilitarian fashion. Others may prefer to lead in a more democratic manner, where employees help make decisions and feel involved in workplace happenings. Robert Greenleaf, who at the time was an executive at AT&T, developed another style, servant leadership (Marquis & Huston, 2014). Though the terms “servant” and “leader” may seem paradoxical when paired together, his style of leadership focuses on the idea that leaders should…show more content…
Trustworthiness Trustworthiness encompasses veracity, one of the principles of ethical reasoning (Marquis & Huston, 2015). The ability to tell the truth is key in interacting with both patients and coworkers. Being viewed as someone who is trustworthy helps to establish effective leadership. Employees who view a leader as honest are more likely to be honest in return, while patients who trust their caregivers can be confident in their treatment (Marquis & Huston, 2015). Advocating for a patient further shows trustworthiness by assuring him or her that the nurse values the patient, and is working to obtain the best possible outcome. Being trustworthy also means showing humility in certain instances, like being able to admit when mistakes have been made or a situation could have been handled differently. Respect The second quality, respect, is a fundamental element in all relationships. Being respectful to coworkers involves being a good listener, valuing the input and opinions of others, and honoring commitments made to one another. Respect for patients can be shown by maintaining privacy, acknowledging wishes and requests, and by involving each patient in his or her own care. Patients may feel vulnerable, but a respectful servant leader can help ease the sense of lack of control, and work to empower the clients in
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