Leadership can be defined as a multifaceted process of identifying a goal or target, motivating other people to act, and providing support and motivation to achieve mutually negotiated goals. Often the definitions of the words leader and manager are not rare confused. Traditional managers have assigned roles and titles within an organization, as they carry out specific functions, duties and responsibilities. Leaders do not necessarily have any delegated authority. They function within a variety of formal and informal roles. An individual can be a great leader but not a manager. Conversely, an individual can be a manager but not possess many leadership skills. Thus the nursing leadership does not rest merely with administrators and high-level managers, but also can be developed and implemented at the bedside. Nurses are likely to engage in a range of leadership activities in their daily routine. Some will naturally adopt an effective leadership style, while others may find the concept of leadership or seeing themselves as leaders difficult to understand. Effective leadership is critical in delivering high-quality care, ensuring patient safety and facilitating positive staff development.
Challenges and Issues in Nursing Leadership
Last date updated on July, 2014