There are several different leadership styles available to those in nursing leadership and management positions. Some styles are more effective than others, and you should think about which one would work best with your team's personality. 

You mustn't allow your ego or anxieties to come in the way of your ability to be a good leader or manager. Nurse managers and leaders should realize that each member of their team contributes to the overall performance of the group and should pick a leadership style that stimulates the team while also promoting the organization's mission and vision statements. The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) outlined five kinds of nursing leadership that nurses should consider:


  • A servant leader's approach to motivating and inspiring their team is to concentrate on developing and improving the talents of each member.
  • Transformational leaders communicate and promote the overarching vision and goals of the business to their teams clearly and understandably.
  • Democratic leaders encourage teamwork and open communication among their supporters and constituents. They are more concerned with improving the system as a whole than with improving the abilities of specific people.
  • The choices of authoritarian leaders are made without the participation of others, and team members are punished when they make mistakes.
  • Leaders who practice laissez-faire management provide minimal oversight to team members and wait until the last minute to address problems.


Nurse leaders and nurse managers can pursue a variety of educational opportunities.

Nurse managers and leaders must meet specific educational and licensing criteria before they may begin working in the field. Employer and position-specific requirements may vary, however, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required at the very least (BSN). Even better, a graduate nursing degree can help you to advance your leadership abilities even further. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs provide coursework and hands-on experience in the areas of leadership and management in the nursing profession. They may specialize in roles such as Nurse Executive, for example. Nurse Executive post-graduate qualifications can also enable you to assume greater responsibilities in your role as manager or leader.

July 19, 2021

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person

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