Nurses are considered as natural leaders in industry. All nurses will essentially at one point or another act as a manager or a leader in their career. Nurse Managers are part of an organization and has the authority and power to manage staff and the unit. Managers are responsible for people, budget, time and environment on their assigned unit. They are result driven and set the goals for the area they manage (Whitney, 2018).
Nurse leaders are role models who attract followers with their charismatic nature and activities. They influence the nursing population. The role of a leader is wide when compared with managers. They empower their followers and provide feedback (Whitney, 2018).
There is some overlap in their goals. Both are trying to get good results at the end. Managers use their power to make sure that the goals are met while leadership uses interpersonal relationships and help the followers reach the goal. A good manager can be a good nurse leader. They can use their power wisely while reaching organizational goals and act as a leader who can empower other nurses by giving feedbacks and help them to reach the goal (Northouse, 2013 (p.14).
Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Whitney, Stacey (2018) Theories and Concepts in Leadership and Management retrieved from https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs451vn/nursing-leadership-and-management-leading-and-serving/v1.1/#/chapter/1
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