Leadership Tips for Nurses

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 Gaining respect from colleagues and leadership isn’t something that occurs overnight.  What you do makes you a leader and worthy of respect. 

  • Learn from your mistakes:  Learn from previous mistakes, especially in communication.  If your message doesn’t seem to be resonating with the intended audience and you’re not getting results, than take a hard look at what you’re doing or how you could improve the delivery of the communication.  Are you providing all the relevant information?  Is the mode of delivery appropriate?  Is he/she the correct person to receive the message?  Is your tone appropriate? Completely remove all ego and concentrate on what’s important-effective communication.
  • Justify everything with evidence and science.  The connection with leadership depends on your technical ability to understand the issues, as well as your ability to communicate to those who don’t understand the topic on the same level.  That skill will separate leaders from technical experts.  Always come to a meeting armed with evidence/science and prepare your communication tactic ahead of time.
  • Don’t let fear hold you back:  Try to suppress the inner voices that tell you that “you can’t” or “it’s not possible” make an effort to act confident, even if you don’t feel it.  Think of everything as a learning opportunity.  “Do something every day that scares you.” 
  • Remain calm under pressure: As Mark Twain noted, “Never argue with a fool, bystanders cannot tell the difference.”  I believe that professionalism isn’t never being yelled at; it is never yelling back.  People notice a calm demeanor and will respect you for it.
  • Find great mentors:  They may not search you out, but you should search for them.  Your staff can help push your development.  Some can give you a goal to attain, some can show you how to be a leader, other can show you behaviors to reduce or eliminate.  One last note, be humble.
  • Constantly be a student of your skills:  Keep up with skills, but actively work on your leadership development- especially those crucial soft skills.

Summary from Article in Prevention strategist titled  My Personal Journey, by Timothy Bowers MT (ASCP), MS CIC.


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