Description of Clinical Leadership Theories

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From the discussion about clinical leadership, it is clear that not every leadership is aimed at changing or disputing people’s vision of the future. This means many better ways exist in which people can lead, without disregarding the perspectives and visions of others. Clinical leaders should portray congruent leadership attributes, in which their actions, activities, and endeavors are driven and matched by their beliefs and values. Congruent clinical leaders focus more on inspiring, motivating, and empowering their followers. They always support change and innovation by reflecting on imaginative solutions, placing their values or vision into action, being the driving force for change, role modeling their principles, and having them as part of who they are. In addition, clinical leaders need to show transformational leadership qualities, in which individuals connect with each other in such a manner that the leader and his/her followers uplift one another to elevated levels of morality and motivation. It is true to say that not every leadership is about changing or disputing people’s vision of the future. According to Stanley (2012), most leaders are not followed and respected based on their vision or creativity, but on their beliefs and values. Even though a leader may have vision coupled with the ability to alter other people’s visions and perspectives about the future, he/she must be able to empower and motivate them to perform even better. This explains a new theory of leadership known as congruent leadership. As discussed by Stanley (2012), congruent leadership is a new theory of management in which the actions, activities, and endeavors of a leader, are driven and matched by their beliefs and values, in this case, relating ... ... middle of paper ... ... leadership: The source of success. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Stanley, D. J. (2012). Clinical leadership and innovation. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 2(2), 119-126. Stanley, D. (2011). Clinical leadership: Innovation into action. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Stanton, E., Lemer, C., & Mountford, J. (2009). Clinical leadership: Bridging the divide. London, UK: Quay Books. Swanwick, T., & McKimm, J. (2011). ABC of clinical leadership. Oxford, UK: Wiley -Blackwell. Taylor, H. A., Greene, B. R., & Filerman, G. L. (2010). A conceptual model for transformational clinical leadership within primary care group practice. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 33(2), 97-107. Wendy, W. W., & Wagner, E. (2009). Leadership for a better world: Understanding the social change model of leadership development. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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