excellent leadership in healthcare

excellent leadership in healthcare

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Having an excellent leadership in healthcare can greatly assist in shaping the organization’s culture by emphasizing the significance of giving compassionate and safe care to everyone. There are several types of leadership theory that healthcare system can utilize such as: relational, servant, situational or contingency, clinical and congruent, and transformational or transactional leadership. According to Jeff Belksy (2016), many traditional healthcare leadership models have failed which consequently led to medical errors and higher nurse turnover rates.

servant leadership

When it comes to healthcare; servant leadership seems like a great model because its main focus is on seeking the needs of the team and finding ways to improve. Furthermore, Catherine Best (2020) further explains that some characteristics of a servant leader includes: “…authenticity, humility, integrity, listening, compassion, accountability, courage, altruism…” (Best, 2020). These characteristics help cultivate and develop all members of the team in order to flourish and achieve their maximum potential by building high mutual trust towards one another. Furthermore, high mutual trust will facilitate care efficiently and effectively.

Many hospitals exercise servant leadership. However, an example during my experience as a nurse, is when nurse shift managers hold mid shift meetings in order to address any concerns in the unit or any ideas that can be used to improve the care being provided to the patients as well as preventing nurse burnout or alleviate work related stress. Holding these mid shift meetings were important because it helps target the concerns of each team members and determine whether it can be resolve at that time.





Within nursing, there are different styles of leadership that we encounter. According to (Sfantou et al., 2017), leadership styles play an integral role in enhancing quality measures in health care and nursing. Impact on health-related outcomes differs according to the different leadership styles, while they may broaden or close the existing gap in health care.

The leadership style that I have chosen based on my experience is transformational leadership. As stated by (Pullen, 2016)Transformational leadership creates valuable and positive change in individuals and social systems with the end goal of developing followers into leaders. Transformational leaders display three general characteristics: 1) individualized consideration—the degree to which the leader focuses on each follower’s needs; 2) intellectual stimulation—the degree to which the leader changes assumptions, challenges the status quo, and takes risks; and 3) inspiration motivation—he or she “walks the talk.” In other words, transformational leaders are role models for the change process.

End Stage Renal Disease

Most of my career, I provided care to patients who experienced chronic diseases, End Stage Renal Disease, pre- & post-kidney transplant. As their nurse & leader I stand as an advocate for them. I challenge them to be compliant on their recommended diet and take required routine medication which will provide a positive impact to their monthly laboratory results. Furthermore, I educate them if they are not meeting the goal, consistently following-up with them making sure they are still on track. In that way, patients feel that they are fully engaged in their care and have a sense of Independence.

In my opinion, taking the role of a future APN, a transformational leader is being influential by setting a good example to your patients. It is important to be transparent and provide effective communication on how to manage their care. I would like to show my patients how compassionate and dedicated I am making them feel motivated and empowered. (Fischer, 2017)Historically, it was thought that only nurses in management roles required leadership skills; however, the ability to influence change is a requirement at all levels of clinical practice. Transformational leadership competencies provide nurses with the skills to contribute to improvements in the quality and safety of patient care, while enhancing their career satisfaction.