Gifted leadership occurs where heart and head—feelings and thought—meet. These are the two wings that allow a leader to soar.
—Goleman, Boyatzis, & McKee (2002, p. 33)
Leadership does not occur in isolation. Leaders influence change by helping group members to accomplish their objectives. This chapter will provide you with a deeper understanding of the behaviours associated with the following terms: leadership, management, mentorship, and followership. The development of emotional and social intelligence will also be discussed as an integral aspect of effective leadership.
- Discover your strengths and opportunities for growth as well as group members’ strengths and opportunities for growth.
- Define the characteristics of leadership, management, mentorship, and followership.
- Identify the differences and similarities between nurse leadership and nurse management.
- Propose conclusions regarding the role of mentorship within health care settings.
- Propose conclusions regarding the role and value of self-development.
- Propose conclusions regarding the importance of social and emotional intelligence in leadership development.
- Gain an understanding of the Canadian Nurses Association’s Position Statement on Nursing Leadership.
- Examine and describe common leadership styles (i.e., servant leadership, resonant leadership, dissonant leadership, management by exception, and laissez-faire leadership), then identify your preferred leadership style.