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Two nursing experts explain what makes a good leader.

Two nursing experts explain what makes a good leader.

Good leadership is often seen as ‘higher order’ work, something ‘ordinary’ people cannot do. But good leadership should not be that difficult.

In our Magnet hospital, we have been conducting emerging and developing leadership programmes to help staff at all levels exhibit leadership commensurate with their scope and sphere of practice. Following completion of these programmes, nurses report increased capacity to address issues and promote good workplace relationships. Successful clinical leaders learn how to listen, develop insights into how they interact with people and find out what is meaningful to their teams.

Effective communication in practice environments can be achieved through daily activities too, but requires a shift in thinking from completing tasks to focusing on the emotional welfare of team members. This can be achieved by conversing with teams in their language, acknowledging members’ opinions, and demonstrating

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