Not all managers possess leadership qualities. Each position has its own characteristics and functional activities, but these activities are related and must work together to be successful. Leadership and management are vital to all healthcare organizations. All managers are not leaders and leaders don’t necessarily have to be managers.
Managers have an official title which is not the case for all leaders. Management involves the coordination and integration of resources through the activities of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling in order to accomplish specific goals and objectives within an organization, (Ellis & Hartley, 2010, p. 5). A leader leads people to a common goal by providing purpose, direction, and motivation where a manager enables their subordinates to accomplish their specific tasks by providing resources and materials. A leader insures that all tasks are performed by their subordinates and takes responsibility for the success or failure of those tasks being completed.
Leadership is an innate quality. It is effortless for a leader to lead because it is how their minds work. It is how they assimilate the world around them and move through it. There are many characteristics that make up a great leader. A leader is often admired in their efforts to think critically, set goals, and skillfully communicate. Leaders have to adapt their style to their staff. There are many different types of leadership styles. It is also necessary to implement a different leadership style in different situations, such as a crisis. There is no “one size fits all” way of leading others. Leaders also have to earn the trust of their colleagues. Integrity, empowerment, and good communication skills are just a few characteristics to describe a leader. The nursing field is in need of great leaders to help guide and improve their organization and the people within them.
Leadership requires having integrity to complement the ability to get things done. It is easy to do the right thing when there is an audience, but it takes courage and strength of character to do the right thing when alone. Staying true to personal values even when everyone else is struggling, or when popular opinion goes against what is known to be right. Practicing evidenced based practice when it takes a little longer to do the job is the integrity that healthcare organizations want their employees to have.
Empowering others to be the best they can be is one of the most important qualities in a good leader. Leaders help build the skills and talents of others and make employees partners in the process of accomplishing goals. This is accomplished by leaders who support their followers by acting as guides and motivators in the change and growth process, (Ruggieri, 2013). Leaders should seize every opportunity to motivate people by recognizing their worth, services, and contributions. Influencing a person’s performance...