Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore leadership effectiveness, with reference to nurses in the UK National Health Service (NHS).
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is literature based. It explores the history and policy background to nurse leadership. It reviews a range of approaches to leadership and applies the theoretical findings to the case study of nurse leaders
Findings – The paper suggests there are several inter-related aspects to consider in relation to developing the effectiveness of nurse leaders – these may be grouped around: developing core competencies; developing emotional intelligence; developing readiness and motivation; developing contextual sensitivity; and developing clinical innovation and change.
Practical implications – The paper discusses the implications of the findings for the leadership development of nurses and makes recommendations.
Originality/value – The paper attempts to incorporate the insights from a variety of different approaches to leadership and apply them to nurse leaders in the UK NHS.
Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):
Health care; Leadership; National Health Service; Nurses; Nursing; United Kingdom