Tranformational Leadership Theory:
This type of leadership causes massive motivation amongst its workers. If an individual or several people were to take on this type of leadership, they would have to first require a focused idea, meaning they must be very task oriented. Also, they must have the ability to motivate others to follow through with the given task. This type of leader(s) can sometimes be seen as charismatic, since the “followers” trust and respect the leader and the decisions that are made. There are 3 ways in which leaders can “transform” their followers. (Changing Minds, 2011).
These are the qualities required in a leader in order to make changes.
1) Providing a greater amount of awareness about the value of the task that is required
2) Convincing people to focus on goals that enhance the organization/unit not the individual person themselves
3) Being able to activate “higher order” needs
(Changing Minds, 2011).
The way a leader is able to make such influences amongst their fellow workers are as follows. “Idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration” (Changing Minds, 2011).
How does this relate to the future of nursing?
As nurses we do not realize the powerbase that we are able to hold when it comes to making changes. Usually when nurses fight for something that fails to be accepted, he/she gives up. That is why it is important to understand the significance of motivating large groups of organizations and its members to fight to keep nursing and its practice alive. Being a nurse means we have the knowledge, the practice and the experience to be able to make a change. All that is needed is the motivation and the perseverance to stick to an issue until it is resolved.
The nursing shortage, for example is a very strong issue that many nurses should be concerned about. Thus, by having a leader(s) to help guide us to keep nurses from being laid off or not hired is a problem we all need to get involved in. Our job is on the line and safe healthcare practice is on the line as well. Through sufficient focus, proper research, appropriate contacts, and motivating influential nursing organizations, change can and will happen.
Written by Nadein Gorges