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5 Qualities that Translate Into a Successful Nurse Leader

5 Qualities that Translate Into a Successful Nurse Leader

Ever wonder how one of your better performers gets recruited away right from under your nose and you didn’t even know they were canvassing the market? Worse yet, they were an “A” player and you didn’t comprehend the full extent of the loss until they were gone?

High performers don’t need constant strokes but they do need a development plan facilitating their ability to demonstrate contributions and grow as an emerging leader.  But how do you assess your team and understand who has the greatest potential?

As a coach, I’ve learned there are five key raw qualities that translate into successful nurse leaders. 

  1. Critical Thinking or the skill to objectively analyze and evaluate an issue in order to form a judgment.
  2. Emotional Intelligence as demonstrated by the capability of an individual to recognize their own, and others, emotions and to use this emotional information to guide thinking and behavior thereby managing or adjusting emotions to facilitate goal achievement.
  3. Introspection as defined by incorporating the examination or observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes resulting in enhanced self-awareness.
  4. Empathy or the ability to put oneself in another colleague’s shoes. This is one of the key traits demonstrated by transformational leaders.
  5. Tolerance as it relates to managing ambiguity and making sense out of the randomness that exists in working in a complex adaptive system.
By proactively evaluating your leadership landscape and constructing a well-developed coaching plan, you can identify budding talent, thwart untimely departures and groom candidates to become the robust leader your organization needs.

If this possibility resonates with you, explore the use of a qualified professional coach capable of assessing your leadership team and building a solid development platform.

The time is now to invest in the future. 

Be proactive- before someone else steals your valuable talent.