Leadership in Nursing

Department of Public Health and Healthcare Management

Responsible for introduction: Lishtaba L.

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. This can only be done through choosing your staff well, knowing their personalities and motivations, and managing and leading them appropriately. Leadership is a complex process by which a person influences others to accomplish a mission, task, or objective and directs the organisation in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. A person carries out this process by applying her leadership attributes (belief, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills). Leadership makes people want to achieve high goals and objectives.

When it comes to developing the strength of leadership in an organisation, the question over whether ‘leaders are born or made’ is often debated. It appears that leaders can be made, providing they have the necessary qualities to start with! Responsibility for leadership training and development within organisations resides with the management; but this should be carried out for each layer of management, including team leaders and volunteer organisers.