Reflect on the following questions and post your response in the main discussion board.

What does leadership mean to you?
What are essential nursing leadership qualities and characteristics?
What are your current leadership strengths?
Identify someone who is a leader role model for you. What leadership style does this person emulate? What leadership qualities and characteristics does this person have that demonstrates his/her identified leadership style? Give specific examples of this person’s leadership in action.


Sample Solution


Leadership is about developing people and helping others reach their full potential. It is about equipping others with the right tools and strategies not only to maximize the success of an organization but also the lives of individuals. Nurse leaders who can effectively manage and inspire their staffs are a fundamental component of a well-run health care organization. For nurse leadership to make a difference in a health care setting, those in the role must exhibit specific characteristics that create an environment of support and positivity. These qualities include: emotional intelligence; integrity; critical thinking; dedication to excellence; communication skills; professional socialization; respect; mentorship; and professionalism.

whereby DBT patients improved more than TAU patients in terms of suicidal ideation, number of parasuicides and number of hospitalizations. However, I noted a major limitation whereby there was only 10 participants in each condition and they were once again all female; hence, limiting the ability to generalise from the study on top of reducing the statistical power. Additionally, in contrast to Linehan’s, et al. (1991) study, not all patients were parasuicidal at pre-treatment as required by the former study. Koon’s study revealed decreases in hopelessness and depression, unlike Linehan’s (1991) study, which could be due to Koon’s less parasuicidal sample being more amenable to change. Nonetheless, despite its small size, this study still showed improvements in the suicidal symptoms of BPD, as well as suggests that the treatment is not limited to only improving parasuicidal behaviour but could also improve other symptoms such as negative thinking patterns in BPD patients.

Moreover, in Verheul, et al. (2003)’s study, patients in the DBT group received 12-months of therapy, according to the DBT manual, by trained psychologists while TAU consisted of two clinical management sessions a month from the patients’ referral source (e.g. addiction treatment centres or psychiatric services). They found that DBT group generated a greater reduction in self-damaging impulsive acts compared to TAU. In fact, their results indicated that TAU patients’ progress deteriorated over time, suggesting that non-specialised treatment could prove detrimental rather than beneficial. Verheul and colleagues (2003) also examined if the efficacy of DBT would be modified by the baseline severity of parasuicidal acts, and found that DBT had a more profound impact on reducing the frequency of self-mutilating behaviours in participants with a higher baseline but showed similar improvements as TAU on patients in the low-severity group. This suggests that DBT should – consistent with its original aims (Linehan, 1991) – be the intervention of choice for only chronically parasuicidal BPD patients. Overall, both Koons, et al. (2001) and Verheul, et al. (2003) showed that DBT is an efficacious treatment for high-risk behaviours and can be conducted with fairly good adherence by a group of therapists at a location independent of the treatment de