Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing

Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing

Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing
Shirley J. Mitchell
University of Phoenix
HSC 492
Instructor:   Linda Westermann
March 12, 2012

Effective Leadership and Management in Nursing
    According to Sullivan and Decker (2009), leadership is influencing others into working toward accomplishing a common goal.   Some people are born with an innate leadership quality within them.   Others require learning leadership and management skills.   It takes a certain personality trait that makes them a natural leader.   Intelligence, personality, and abilities are three categories of the trait theory that is a part of the profile of successful leaders (Sullivan & Decker, 2009).   I will discuss my personal views of leadership.   It will describe how leadership differs from management.   Finally, the characteristics of an effective leader will disclose.
What are your personal views of leadership?
    Everyone is a leader at one time or another.   A good leader is one that knows just when to pull back from the leadership role and let the team proceed on his or her own.   These leaders have a natural ability to guide their team effectively with his or her charismatic approach that the team believes they are well supported.   They know when to lead, when not to lead, when to let the team lead, and they know just when to dance.
How does leadership differ from management?
There is not much difference with leadership and management.   In most situations, the terms are used interchangeably but are not the same.   A leader is anyone that possesses interpersonal skills to influence others to accomplish a goal.   A manager is someone who is responsible and accountable for accomplishing the goals of the organization (Sullivan & Decker, 2009).   An effective leader may not excel at management, and a manager may not be an effective leader.   Managers tend to be problem solvers and use the scientific approach to find solutions to problems.   Leaders are more open, communicative, and...

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