Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

The Power of Shared Leadership

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

The Power of Shared Leadership

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Promoting a Way of Being That Will Endure

Many structures and processes of governance, management, and member services have changed within the NLN over the course of the last several years. These changes have primarily taken place as an outgrowth of a partnership for leadership that has led to the recovery and renewal of the NLN as nursing's national organizational treasure. The hallmark of this approach has been a transformation in being, leading, and learning.

The individuals elected to and appointed to positions of responsibility, authority, and accountability within the NLN have demonstrated features of an approach to leadership that was succinctly represented in a 2000 calendar published by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation: "Leaders create space for others to lead. Effective leaders understand the importance of democratic and shared leadership. The `lone warrior' style of leadership cannot address the complex and interconnected challenges of the 21st century. Future leaders must know how to share leadership responsibilities with people who bring different skills, expertise, and perspectives to the task of creating a more civil society. They know how to build complementary teams and disperse leadership throughout an organization...."

A leadership partnership between the two of us, as the elected president and the appointed chief executive officer of the NLN, was forged readily and easily. We shared a passionate commitment to and belief in the significance of the NLN to nursing and nursing education, and we were both students of organizations. …

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