THEPROFESSIONALS; 'Today's Leadership Is All about Confronting the Rituals of the Past' Tina Donnelly Explains How Leadership Has Changed and How Nurses Are Making a Difference to Patients within the New Landscape
THE challenges of modern leadership are considerable in a world where change is relentless and all encompassing. The days when the role of the leader was to act as a stabilising force, preventing change in the interests of preserving the past, have gone.
Today's leadership is all about change. It's about challenging the way things used to be done, confronting the rituals of the past, helping to re-frame traditional perceptions and ideas and orchestrating conflict when necessary to square up to the challenge and create pace.
But clinical leadership is also about helping people to make sense of the meaning of change so they can recognise their own role in the process.
Leadership is about having the highest expectations of others and the deepest faith that people are the key.
This evolving job description has made us question some of the fundamental principles of leadership and it is no longer the preserve of someone sat at the top of the organisation.
Today leadership is about everyone. It emerges at all levels and is implicit in every clinical role.
We must embrace the concept of self-leadership, which often involves taking responsibility for delivering something over which we don't always have control.
This can be the case where to be successful we have to work across boundaries, influencing others and be influenced in return.
So often leadership is about following; about inspiring and encouraging others to share the challenge.
Some excellent examples of this have been emerging across Wales - innovative ways to deliver the chronic conditions agenda have seen nurses leading teams to prevent admissions to hospital and keep people in their home environments.
It requires tremendous endurance to support others to become the best they can; to respond to the challenge of change without resistance but with resolution and determination. …