leadership

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Healthcare in the United States is constantly changing and becoming increasing more complex. An essential portion of the recent Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, focuses on the significance of nurses as leaders in healthcare (2010).
The terms “leader” and “manager” are sometimes used interchangeably. Those of us who have worked for, or with, someone who is one and not the other will see the error in viewing those terms as synonymous. An individual can be a great leader but not a manager. Conversely, a typical nurse can be a manager but not possess many nursing leadership skills. According to Huber (2010) leadership is defined as “the process of influencing people to accomplish goals”
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I realize the importance of motivating my staff to deliver their best and I’m tactful and diplomatic when dealing with potential problems; I believe a lot more can be achieved through communication than through conflict. I am nevertheless very results-driven and expect every member of my team to pull their weight and help us to achieve our common goals.
The leadership style I aspire to be in the future is a transformational leader. Transformational leadership is especially well-suited to today’s fast-changing health care environment where adaptation is extremely important.
This leadership style allows for instilling faith and respect, treating of employees as individuals, innovation in problem solving, transmission of values and ethical principles, and provision of challenging goals while communicating a vision for the future (Joel, 2013).

Transformational leadership focuses on the interpersonal processes between leaders and followers and is encouraged by empowerment (Joel, 2003). Empowered nurses are able to believe in their own ability to create and adapt to change. When using a team approach to leadership, it is important to set boundaries, goals, accountability, and supports for team members (Joel, 2013). Transformational leadership is seen as empowering, but the nurse manager must balance the use of power in a democratic fashion to avoid the
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