How Many Leaders in an Organization Have to Be Transformational Leaders?

How Many Leaders in an Organization Have to Be Transformational Leaders?

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Leadership Tip: How Many Leaders in an Organization Have to Be Transformational Leaders?

By Rhonda R. Foster, EdD, MPH, MS, RN, NEA-BC
NKC Consultant and Educator

I recently traveled to conduct a workshop, and a participant in the audience asked a question that I had never received at any prior meeting. She asked, “How many of the leaders in your organization have to be transformational leaders?” I thought about this for a few seconds and then asked a series of follow-up questions.

How many leaders in your organization can you afford to have who:

  • Do not have a vision?
  • Do not inspire trust from leaders and team members?
  • Do not contribute to a spirit of inquiry or intellectual stimulation?
  • Do not inspire followers?
  • Are self-centered as opposed to organizationally focused?
  • Are not able to facilitate planned or unplanned change?

The participant responded, “None, or very few.”

These NKC consultation tips are designed to provide you with an opportunity to think about leadership development opportunities in your organization. The execution of any strategic initiative or plan typically requires implementation at the service line, division, or departmental/unit level. For this reason, your team depends on leadership development at every level to gain the necessary skills to be successful when rolling out sustainable initiatives.

Consider enhancing leadership development in these areas:

  • Building the capacity for change.
  • Working with interprofessional teams effectively.
  • Developing the courage to lead.
  • Leading and promoting a spirit of inquiry and excitement.
  • Effective collaboration.

As we navigate today’s health care environment, we recognize that different skills and abilities are needed to execute strategy while balancing performance outcomes. We must identify leaders who can benefit from developing those skills, and provide support, guidance, and mentoring to those with a need and desire to learn.

Source: Foster, RR (2014). Identifying real change leaders, Nursing Management; 52-54.


This article was originally published in December 2016.


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