Components of Leadership
According to Yoder-Wise (2011), “Leadership is the use of personal traits to constructible and ethically influence patients, families, and staff through a process in which clinical and organizational outcomes are achieved through collective efforts” (p. 612). The following paragraphs will explain components of leadership of an anonymous healthcare facility.
Leadership & Management Roles
According to our text book there are two main classifications of leadership approaches, transformational leadership and transactional leadership (Yoder-Wise, 2011). Transformational leadership is centered on motivation and building relationships with staff through a shared vision and mission (Frandsen, 2013). Transactional leadership approach involves one superior with minimum or no input from the employees (Yoder-Wise, 2011).
Nurse Manager’s Leadership Philosophy & Style
The leadership clinical preceptor that I have had the opportunity to work with throughout the semester considers herself to be a transformational leader (J. P., personal communication, March 23, 2014). The preceptor displays transformational leadership behavior characteristics such as showing charisma, inspiring and motivating the unit, viewing each employee as an individual (Yoder-Wise, 2011). For example, she makes an effort to get to know each employee individually by gaining knowledge about their personal lives such as likes, dislikes, hobbies, and family life front the point of hiring the employee (J. P., personal communication, March 23, 2014). She also promotes and encourages her unit employees to function as a team not as individuals (J. P., personal communication, March 23, 2014).
Management is an involved process of guiding others through a set of consequential practices and procedures that are evidence-based and meet pre-established outcomes formed from recurrent clinical situations (Yoder-Wise, 2011). Team building is one element of personnel management (Yoder-Wise, 2011). One strategy that the nurse manager has found to be effective in team building is stressing the importance of cohesiveness among employees on the unit, encouraging employees not look as themselves as working the day shift or the night shift but as a twenty-four hour unit (J. P., personal communication, March 23, 2014). The nurse manager mentors by leading by example (J. P., personal communication, March 23, 2014). Leading by example is viewed by Yoder-Wise (2011), to be the most effective and visible way to influence employees (p.42).
The strategy of conflict management that the nurse manager employs on the unit is collaborating (J. P., personal communication, March 23, 2014). The collaborating approach comprises investigating the situation and defining the conflict at an advanced level where shared goals are recognized and commitment of working together is created (Yoder-Wise, 2011). At the beginning of a conflict, involved collaborating persons can examine...