In these transitional times, when the old health care order is falling away and a new one is emerging, transformational nurse leaders are needed to guide our staff, patients, families, and institutions into this new era of health care. Leadership of this kind comes from “the inside out” and in order to truly be an agent of change, we must be willing to risk transforming ourselves.
This can be very challenging. Fear of relinquishing the traditional command-and-control style of leadership in favor of a less familiar yet more authentic style of leading can keep us locked into old habits. So how can we learn new ways of leading? For a quest like this, I often turn to nature as a guide.
Last fall I participated in a women’s leadership retreat to explore myself as a leader. I began with a basic question: Whom I am leading and where am I leading them? Read More