Characteristics of Leaders

  1. Leadership requires personal mastery– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they show competence and mastery in the tasks they perform. Nurses are deemed competent by means of a license to practice nursing (NLN 2010).
  2. Leadership is about values– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they embody and live by five core values which include integrity, autonomy, altruism, human dignity, and social justice. Nurses should integrate these values into their clinical practice.
  3. Leadership is about service– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they serve by creating uplifting and positive moments and experiences for their patients by providing compassionate care by putting health, dignity, comfort, and the well-being of their patient first.
  4. Leadership is about people and relationships– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they provide care that enables the building of relationships with their patients through spending more quality time with them and interacting with them. Meaningful relationships assist nurses in establishing perspective about patient’s preferences.
  5. Leadership is contextual– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they understand how certain interventions will influence a situation at hand both positively and negatively.
  6. Leadership is about the management of meaning– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they are able to resolve conflict by understanding and synchronizing contrasting points of view.
  7. Leadership is about balance– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they are able to provide equal attention and focus between their work and home life.
  8. Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they strive to acquire knowledge, skills, values, behaviors and understanding through experience, study, and teaching.
  9. Leadership is about effective decision making– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they can identify a problem, gather necessary information, evaluate alternatives, weight the evidence, implement a solution, then evaluate actions.
  10. Leadership is a political process– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they can identify where change is needed and how to achieve change through the existing political structure and processes within a system.
  11. Leadership is about modeling– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they demonstrate positive behaviors and values through example and others follow.
  12. Leadership is about integrity– Nurses demonstrate leadership when they live and demonstrate moral and ethical principles such as honestly and trust in every interaction.   

 

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