Academic journal article ABNF Journal

The Soul of Leadership

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

The Soul of Leadership

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The Soul of Leadership by Hattie Bessent Battle Creek, MI: W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 2005

Reviewed by:

Pamela V. Hammond, PhD, RN, FAAN and Bertha L. Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN

This monograph, The Soul of Leadership, is a must read for all who are leaders and those who aspire to be leaders. It is not simply a manual for those in nursing leadership. The information provided cuts across all disciplines in that the monograph presents very practical suggestions on issues relevant to leadership - not just nursing leadership. While the word "soul" is in the title of the monograph, one should not think that the information is restricted to a particular ethnic group. The monograph was written by African American nurse leaders and feature African American nurse leaders, but the information contained within crosses all ethnic and racial boundaries. Besides a very detailed overview of Project LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Development Project), a multi-year project funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the monograph has three other excellent chapters: a chapter featuring pearls of wisdom from 11 outstanding nurse leaders; a chapter featuring a discussion of leadership principles; and lastly, a chapter to assist leaders in developing a deeper of understanding of oneself and the journey required to be a successful leader.

In Chapter 1, Bessent refers to a 2003 article by Bessent and Fleming. These reviewers suggest that readers take the time to read the full story of Project LEAD. In this monograph, Bessent gives the reader enough of an overview to peak the reader's interest in Project LEAD and stresses the need for an increased number of African American leaders in nursing. She provides strategies of how to accomplish this and how to level the playing field to support the adjustment of African American leaders as they must multitask in many environments they find themselves. …

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