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Leading, Motivating, and Enthusing




A new nurse manager is often plunged into an unfamiliar leadership role, as well as having many other challenging responsibilities. They will find themselves on an acute learning curve: adapting to new policies and procedures, observing occupational health-and-safety rules and becoming aware of abstract legal responsibilities. In addition to all of the daily demands, the new nurse manager faces the biggest and most complex task of managing, inspiring and leading others. In many cases, the only training that new nurse managers receive is ‘on-the-job’ (McCall 2004); a matter of learning by mistakes, which can lead to anxiety, confusion and stress (Stanley 2006). Under these circumstances, learning to lead can be a daunting prospect for a new manager; however, it is no different from learning the other skills that form part of the nurse manager’s repertoire. When starting a new role, it is important to show confidence and self belief, while demonstrating a level of self-awareness that promotes sensitivity to the dynamics of people and teams.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Theories of leadership
    • Leadership styles
      • Transactional leadership
      • Transformational leadership
  • Key concepts of transformational leadership
    • Share a vision
    • Avoid the quest for popularity
    • Use power judiciously
      • Positional (or legitimate) power
      • Resource (or reward) power
      • Personal (or referent) power
      • Expert power
      • Negative power
      • Coercive power
    • Act honestly and with integrity
  • Motivation
    • Motivating factors
    • Maslow’s theory of motivation
    • McGregor’s ‘X–Y theory’
  • Mentorship and clinical supervision
  • The art of delegation
  • Effective leadership
  • Conclusion
  • References
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Author / Editor Biographies

Mike Musker is a registered mental nurse with degrees in health studies and health promotion, diplomas in education and management, a master's degree in health from John Moores University (Liverpool, UK) and is currently in the third year of his Ph.D. Mike has been in senior clinical leadership positions in both Australia and the UK since 1992. He is currently the clinical nurse consultant of the Forensic Mental Health Service of South Australia and associate lecturer at Flinders University and the University of Adelaide.

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