Leadership and Change Essay

1681 Words Sep 6th, 2013 7 Pages
Introduction “Not all leadership is about changing or challenging people’s vision of the future” (Stanley, 2011, p. 57).
The term leadership can be applied to varying positions within healthcare, from management to the clinical setting. However, while those in a management position may wear the title of “leader”, this type of leadership can be far removed from that of a clinical leader. I believe that the above quote by Stanley (2011) is true from the perspective that not all styles of leadership are instrumental in the changing or challenging of people’s vision of the future. This essay shall explore in closer detail the debate between management and leadership, in particular styles of leadership identified within the management and
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Stanley (2011) further identifies clinical leaders as communicators, motivators, role models and expert clinicians who are visible and approachable. All these roles are strengthened for the clinical leader through the use of transformational leadership.

In contrast transactional leadership supports the processes of management, as its emphasis is more on the role of supervisor and organiser (Stanley, 2011) as represented by leadership in management. The transactional leader's power is one of delegated authority with key accountability to the organisation itself and, as a result, this form of leadership does not promote or inspire change or does it challenge people’s vision of the future, but is centred on maintaining the status quo (Yoder-Wise, 2011). Transactional leaders can be described as being conservative and not forward-planners as they focus on daily issues that impact resource, budgets and staffing (Stanley, 2011). Transactional leadership is considered reactive (Yoder-Wise, 2011). Employees who follow this model of leadership work within the confines of the organisational structure; furthermore they encourage employee support through appealing to their own self-interest by offering rewards for the successful completion or attainment of tasks and goals (Yoder-Wise, 2011). Accordingly, the theory of transactional leadership is predominantly reflected in the role of the manager in the health care setting. As a registered nurse

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