Compassionate leadership is not new, but it does drive innovation

Leaders who invest in relationships and collaborative working will reap the rewards
Two nurses talking. Photo: Science Photo Library

Leaders who invest in relationships and collaborative working will reap the rewards

The recent report of a director of nursing removed from the NMC register for bullying, aggressive and intimidating behaviour is shocking. Such actions are the opposite of everything I expect in a leader, and in sharp contrast to the current focus on compassionate leadership and its virtues.

People are at the heart of healthcare, so it makes sense that those in leadership roles should take account of the needs and interests of staff. However, the discussion on compassionate leadership sometimes implies this is a new approach, when in fact there have always been good leaders who have shown compassion.

Collaboration and inclusion

On my first ward placement four