The theory of transformational leadership has been widely adopted in nursing, based on extensive research suggesting that its benefits are significant (International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2010).* Now, one of the top leadership experts in health care shows those in the nursing profession how to lead with valor.
Catherine Robinson-Walker, MBA, MCC, provides a proven approach for those at all levels of management to grow into successful, resilient leaders who are capable of effectively addressing the most pressing problems. In her new book Leading Valiantly in Healthcare: Four Steps to Sustainable Success , published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Robinson-Walker uses examples inspired by real-life experiences and her extensive coaching knowledge to teach readers how to transform themselves and their personal leadership styles to inspire others and lead with character and grace.
Here are the Key Principles in Leading Valiantly:
Mastering valiant leadership is not about being a “perfect” leader, it’s about constantly examining your own thought habits and leadership style so that you can become a better leader more of the time. The Cycle of Leadership Valor starts when you choose self-awareness rather than a response that is automatic and routine. When your beliefs, statements, strategies, and actions are rooted not only in skillful leadership practices, but also in who you are and what you most want to accomplish, you will be a more successful leader because you are in harmony with the whole of you are when you are on the job.
*Asking the questions “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” can take you into a deep personal examination of your goals and leadership methods and what can get in the way of achieving your goals. What is your essence? What is most important to you in life? How can you bring those qualities into the dream vision of your workplace?
*If our leadership patterns go unquestioned, they become our prisons. We must explore our own thought processes and how we relate to our co-workers.
*Examining multiple perspectives instead of just our own is a key factor in mastering valiant leadership.
*Integrity is the single most important ingredient in perceived leadership effectiveness.
*To progress your efforts in leading valiantly take time for daily reflection: Get into the habit of thinking about your day from start to finish. What went well? What didn’t go so well? What will you differently the next time?
*Managing yourself is a way of being brave enough to consider the options rather than instantly responding to demanding situations.
*Judge others not just by their behavior, but by their intentions, too. See co-workers with more empathy; accept their humanity as well as your own.