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.
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.