The Role of Advanced Nursing
People are not equal. No matter how bad it sounds, it is true. Everyone has the same rights but the opportunities are different for everybody. Some people are born rich, some are born poor, some people are smarter, and some people are less clever. The same problem is with leadership. Some people are born to lead others, and some are born to obey. Nursing leadership is very responsible and difficult work, which is why it is important to know leadership style for any nurse. In this paper, I will describe the results of the quiz I have taken to find my leadership style and I will try to find different attributes of leadership as well as different ways of developing leadership skills for nurses.
Meaning of Leadership
Leadership is about being responsible for other people. Some people may think that it is not very hard to be a leader. All a person needs is to be charismatic, which is not true. To be a leader, a person should be very responsible, smart, self-organized, and hardworking. The efficiency of the entire group depends on a leader. The main leader`s tasks are to stimulate team member to work and to discover their talents.
There are different leadership’s styles – authoritarian, democratic, and delegative (Cherry, n.d.) The authoritarian style is needed when team members do not have enough knowledge or experience in some sphere. The democratic manner is used when group members know their subject on the professional enough level but they still need some tips. The last style is the delegative one. It is used if team members are aware of the subject better than their leader. In this case, the role of the leader is not important.
Findings from the Quiz
I have completed a quiz about my leadership. According to it, I am a democratic leader (Cherry). That means that a leader should take part in all discussions, consider team members’ opinion, ask for advice, and make decisions that are based on everyone`s acceptance. People are more motivated than ever. They know that they are a part of the team, that some decisions depend on their opinion, and that they will always be listened to. Those team members who feel their importance are much more hardworking and happy.
In my opinion, the democratic style of leadership is the best one. A democratic leader can always rely on someone and gave support. Such a kind of leadership can eliminate the borders between the leader and other team members. Those circumstances also help to find leadership skills in someone else from member team.
Many people hearing about nurse leadership do not understand what it means. They think it is not a very necessary characteristic for a nurse. They are mistaken since being a nurse is one of the most responsible jobs. The most valuable thing in the world, the human life, depends on them. Thus, a leader and responsibility are almost synonymous notions.
The Attributes of Leadership
Various attributes are needed for a graduate level nurse. For example, Quint Studer (2005), one of the most successful workers in health care, says that there are nine principles: “… commit to excellence; measure the important things; build a culture around service; create and develop leaders; focus on employee satisfaction; build individual accountability; align goals and values; communicate at all levels; and recognize and reward excellence.”
A leader should be fond of his job; it must not be an obligation to him but satisfaction. There should be a passion, as only in this case members like what they do. Being a role model is another important thing for a leader since a leader can attract the people who like him or who want to be like him.
Searching for new talents and leaders is also quite important. Only a good pace-setter can discover another good leader. Those, who lead team, should be close with its members by knowing their names, problems, etc. Nurses should be motivated and know that if they do a good job, they have to be rewarded for it. People without a goal are not motivated; thus, it is important for a leader to set goals for everyone. A leader should be very careful with his feelings of authority, and it is important not to let success cloud the leader’s judgment.
Leaders have to understand their organizational culture. It means knowing how decisions are made and who make the chief decision – only a leader or every team member. A pace-setter also should show empathy, listen carefully to what people say, do not interrupt them or judge, show that he respects the members of a team because they are the same people as him. Hearing does not mean listening. They are very busy to stop their work process and listen to someone. Leaders have to adapt their leadership style to their staff. People are different: some members need a friendly support to work harder, some need a goal that they try to achieve, amd others need a competition to discover their talents (University Alliance, n.d.).
My Personal Leadership Attributes
Talking about my leadership skills, I must say they are not perfect. As I am a democratic leader, I speak with team members in a friendly way. I listen to them, support them, and try to encourage them. However, there is one great disadvantage – they may not perceive me as a leader, they may think of me as their friend. It is hard to find the middle where the leader should not be very strict with the team but at the same time, he should not be too kind. The chief attribute I need to develop is confidence. It is impossible to convince someone of something if a leader does not believe in it.
In conclusion, being a leader is a very responsible and hard work. However, being a nurse leader is even more complicated as nurses are responsible for people`s life. The leader should be a motivator for his team members and be respected within a team. There are three styles of leadership – authoritarian, democratic, and delegative. My style is the democratic one. The main leader`s duties are to support his team, give them advices, consider their opinion, be a friend, set goals for a team, and stimulate them. Nobody is born as a leader, it is a very complicated and long way to become a true pace-setter but it is worth it. I would like to finish the paper with Maya Angelou words: “As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel” (as qtd. in Lewis, 2016).
Cherry, K. (n.d.). What’s your leadership style? About Health. Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/qz/Whats-Your-Leadership-Style
Lewis, L.C. (2016. World class nursing – innovative patient care. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 46(2), 55-56.
Studer, Q. (2005). The nine principles of service and organizational excellence. ICMA, 7(8).
University Alliance. (n.d.). Top leadership skills nurses should have. Villanova University. Retrieved from http://www.villanovau.com/resources/nursing/leadership-skills-for-nurses/#.V9Ip2uFkjIU