Leadership Styles Of Florence Nightingale Essay
Central Texas College Leadership Styles
Florence Nightingale stated, “Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?” Even though Florence Nightingale lived over 100 years ago, her statement still rings true today. Leadership is a constant struggle to figure out how to inspire others to achieve the best outcome. Leadership not only addresses the leader but also the type of leadership style (or technique) the individual chooses to use. The three leadership styles discussed in this paper will be authoritative, laissez-faire, and participative (democratic) and how each of these styles will bring about the best results.
Cherry & Jacob (2011) compare the three leadership styles by the amount of control the manager is willing to give to the staff and the amount of input the staff is allowed (p. 340). On one end of the leadership spectrum is authoritative leadership. Authoritative leaders give very little control to the staff. The leader makes the policies, dictates the work, ignores ideas and suggestions, gives little to no feedback and makes fast decisions (Cherry & Jacob, 2011, p. 340). This leadership style is less effective when employed on a staff that is highly educated or experienced. Veteran nurses who feel their input could be highly beneficial for the organization will not…