The relationship of training and education to leadership practices in frontline nurse leaders

Lesly Kelly, Teri L. Wicker, Richard D. Gerkin

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:: Although organizations strive to develop transformational leaders, frontline nurse managers and directors are often inadequately prepared and lack transformational leadership (TL) behaviors. OBJECTIVE:: To examine the relationship of TL practices, nurse characteristics, and formal leadership training of frontline nurse leaders in a large health system. METHODS:: A survey of 512 frontline nurse leaders in 23 hospitals assessed demographic characteristics, the amount of leadership training received, and self-perceived leadership behaviors, measured through the Leadership Practices Inventory. RESULTS:: Formal training influences only 1 component of TL behaviors, helping train leaders to model the way for their employees. Increasing a nurse leader's level of formal education has a significant effect in improving overall TL practices and behaviors that inspire a shared vision and challenge the process. CONCLUSION:: To build transformational frontline nurse leaders, organizations should balance formal leadership training programs with advanced degree attainment to encourage leaders to envision and challenge the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-163
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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