The Importance Of Leadership Styles In Nursing

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The laissez-faire leadership style characteristic is to be more uninvolved and allows the group to make decisions, versus the autocratic leader is one who enjoys control and takes little advice from the group. As a leader, I can also see characteristics of myself in both of those leadership styles, but the democratic style is the best fit. The democratic leadership style seems to be a mix of both of the other two styles because I do enjoy being the one who makes the final decision, but I do not like making decisions without a group consensus.
Personal leadership style. I am the type of leader who wants to make decisions that effects everyone in a positive way while gaining the best results. I believe democratic leaders have the best
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Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, and O’Grady (2014) explain, “APN [Advanced Practice Nurse] leaders are role models and mentors who empower patients and colleagues. They propose and implement change strategies that improve patient care and enhance others ' perceptions of the value of advanced practice nursing” (p.269). These characteristics are important for the success of all graduate level nurses. Seeing that APNs implement strategies to improve patient outcomes, being a leader is essential for delivering quality care.
Identifying leadership style. In an article about leadership styles and theories, Giltinane (2013) talks about the importance of identifying your leadership style to become a better leader in nursing. In relation to attributes needed for a graduate level nurse Bass discusses (as cited in Giltinane, 2013), “democratic leaders are considerate and share responsibility with their followers. This allows followers to develop their own leadership skills and become independent, while reducing the leader’s stress and risk of burnout” (p.37). As a NP, instilling leadership qualities in the people they work with is essential. The reason for this is because it helps NPs make better decisions knowing they can trust their teams opinions when deciding best options for delivering quality patient
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As a leader, you will not always make the right choices, but that is all a part of growing. Being the one who makes the decision for a patient is difficult. A leadership attribute that I struggle with from time to time is being confident with work I have done or in making decisions. As a NP, I know a struggle that I may have is if the care I provided or treatment I recommended for a patient does not turn out the way I planned. In situations like this I am my toughest critic. I am very hard on myself when I might of made the wrong decision or do not do well, it affects your self-esteem. As a NP, I would have to accept the fact that I will not know all the answers and best interventions. In situations like this a good leadership quality as NP would be knowing when collaborate with a provider to have the best outcome for the

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