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THE FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE THE LEADERSHIP OF A NURSE

MANAGER:
The nature of work (ICU, regular unit)
The characteristics of nursing staff (Knowledge, competencies, attitudes )
The time available
The importance of the results (quality of care )
THE QUALITIES OF A LEADER
Managerial abilities
Interpersonal relationships
Temperament(nature of person)
Credibility and forward thinking
Professionalism
Advocacy
1. Managerial abilities:

Plans , organizes, makes decisions effectively encourages cooperation and


participation
Assists nurse/subordinates in solving the problems and provides consistent
feed back
Provides rationale for difficult decisions
Assess abilities of the workers , guides them to develop new skills
Knows her/his job and does it well and has confidence in self and others
Welcomes different opinions and is more interested in giving than
receiving
Provides the workers with adequate facilities.

2. Interpersonal relationships :

Shows supportive and caring behavior towards subordinates


Is a good listener and sensitive to others needs
Guides and motivates to act and work together
Establishes relationships with all types of workers, and able to work with
others harmoniously.

3. Temperament : ( Nature or character )

Reliable, open, honest and sincere


Shows a sense of humor tactful, friendly and loyal
Calm and charismatic, modest neat and patient
Positive energetic, hard worker, happy and enthusiastic
Shows a balance between work and home life or personal life

4. Credibility and forward thinking:

Acts as a role model and influences others .

Acts as an activist , challenger , creative thinker , change agent ,


innovator, risk taker and courageous .
Acts as a facilitator and solution seeker.

5. Professionalism:

Committed to the profession and maintains confidentiality


Instills hope and pride in the profession
Stands for rights while considering others rights( assertive )

6. Advocacy:

Acts as an advocate for others specially for nursing profession and for
nursing staff
Acts as an advocate with physician
Acts as patient advocate
Acts as an advocate for nursing education and students for the rights and
standards

Implications to nursing:
Regardless of the style selected the nurse managers should be aware of the
effect of the style adopted in the hospital ,unit or educational institution ,staff
and on the level of work performance.
Effective leadership improves the job performance. And quality on the whole .

Characteristics associated with leadership


Adaptability

Intelligence

Knowledge

Creativity

Judgment

Cooperativeness

Decisiveness

Alertness

Interpersonal skills

Oral fluency

Self-confidence

Tact

Emotional intelligence

Personal integrity

Diplomacy

Independence

Emotional balance and

Prestige

Personable

control

Social participation

Ability
Able

to

enlist

cooperation

LEADERSHIP ROLES
Decision maker

Coach

Forecaster

Communicator

Counselor

Influencer

Evaluator

Teacher

Creative

Facilitator

Critical thinker

Risk taker

Buffer

Change agent

Mentor

Advocate

Diplomat

Energizer

Visionary

Role model

problem solver