View Full Version : What makes a nurse a leader?

07-04-2007, 03:01 PM
I asked for this thread to be changed from Management to Leadership, so I guess I had better start things off.

I am interested to know what people think makes a nurse a leader?

To answer my question my list starts as follows:
Someone who leads by example, who will practice what they preach. Who isn't so big and mighty not to roll up their sleeves and won't ask others to do what they won't do themselves.

Someone who will stand up and be counted, who doesn't hide behind others, but who doesn't take credit for the good things others have done.

Being a leader isn't about how long you have been qualified or how high up in the organization you are. You know someone is a leader when you aspire to be like them.

07-04-2007, 03:41 PM
Well, the Hartford BAGNC scholarship I got ( was to support the future "researchers, teachers and leaders," so I hope I have some ideas about what makes a leader. Below are a few ideas:

A leader is someone who listens as well (or better) than they talk.
A leader is someone who is open to new ideas/ideas not their own
A leader is not afraid to speak up when things need to be addressed
A leader sees things in shades of gray and from multiple perspectives
A leader thinks of actions in terms of impact -- short-term, long-term, and in what directions
A leader is passionate about empowering others, not just aggrandizing power to themselves.
A leader tries to give voice to those who have none.

07-04-2007, 05:36 PM
Some other things I believe a leader does:

Models professional behavior
Is enthusiastic about when they do

Your list was great!!! And congratuations on the scholarship!

Mother Jones, RN
07-05-2007, 04:36 PM
I think a nursing leader is someone who is able to improve the lives of others by reaching out to other like-minded individuals who are not in the field of nursing. Nurses tend to be inclusive and myopic to the big picture. Clara Barton is my idol. She achieved great things by working with people from all walks of life. If Clara had just depended nursing organizations to help her sort things out, the American Red Cross would never have gotten off the ground.

07-06-2007, 09:23 PM
i think a leader has to have vision too.....has to see the potential that is there and feel a motivation to help it be realized

07-07-2007, 09:48 AM
i think a leader has to have vision too.....has to see the potential that is there and feel a motivation to help it be realized

So long as you aren't stifled by your administration...(bitter, yes!)