Leadership Key insights
Nurse leaders are considered the centerpieces in facilitating nurses to promote professional growth and reduce nurse burnout (Wei et al., 2020). Nurse leaders influence to gather nurses together and work collaboratively. In healthcare, transformational leaders are the most favorable leadership style (Jean, 2021). Transformational leaders have a vision in mind and inspire their teams to reach the organizations and their personal goals (Jean, 2021). According to Wei and colleagues (2020), the transformational leadership style helps relieve burnout symptoms. This can be achieved when nurse leaders are role models for self-awareness, transparency, and high moral standards (Wei, 2020). Self-awareness may be performed through education, competency, and mentorship. Transparency helps build trust between the leader and employees. Leaders who hold employees accountable for high moral standards create an environment where there is respectful communication (Wei, 2020). Applying a transformational leadership style can help influence with decreasing nurse burnout. As this motivates and inspires nurses (Lehmann-Willenbrock, 2015).
I recall my former manager for the cardiac step-down unit, Shannon Cauthen. She was a great leader who successfully utilized transformational leadership styles. She was emotionally and culturally intelligent and communicated effectively. I recall one particular situation during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shannon stepped in and assisted her staff. The house supervisor informed her that the night nurses would be out of the ratio and have to take a 1:4 nurse-patient balance. She was determined to help and support her team. She attempted to have other nurses come in and pick up extra. When no one was able to go in, she was determined to come in and assist the night team. She went home after work, changed into her scrub, came in for the night shift, and helped the nurses and aides. Though it had been many years since she worked bedside, she gave the team a great example of being a team player. Her showing up to help her team boosted many coworkers’ morale.
Transformational leaders know how to encourage, inspire, and motivate employees(Lehmann-Willenbrock et al., 2015). They also have a trait of functional problem-solving communication, which was witnessed in this scenario (Lehmann-Willenbrock, 2015). We felt confident that our leader would always support us during our most challenging times and come up with a solution in rising situations. This action helped build a great work community against our staff.
Wei, H., King, A., Sewell, K., Lake, D. & Jiang, Y. (2020) The Impact of Nurse Leadership Styles on Nurse Burnout. Leadership, 25(5), 256-280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2020.04.002Links to an external site.
Jean, Joelle. (2021). Five Healthcare Leader Styles. Dignity Health Global Education. Retrieved on December 14, 2022, from https://dhge.org/about-us/blog/5-healthcare-leadership-styles-you-should-try-as-a-nurseLinks to an external site.
Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Meinecke, A. L., Rowold, J., & Kauffeld, S. (2015). How transformational leadership works during team interactions: A behavioral process analysis. The Leadership Quarterly, 26(6), 1017-1033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.07.003