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Transformational Leadership

Transformational leaders are “those who stimulate and inspire followers to both achieve extraordinary outcomes and, in the process, develop their own leadership capacity… (They) help followers grow and develop into leaders by responding to individual followers’ needs by empowering them and by aligning the objectives and goals of the individual followers, the leader, the group, and the larger organization” (Bass and Riggio 2006,3).

“Transformational leaders do more with colleagues and followers than set up simple exchanges or agreements – they behave in ways to achieve superior results by employing one or more of the four core components of transformational leadership” (5): idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration.

Examples at Upstate:

Nursing a strategic partner and leader at highest level in organization

  • The CNO is part of hospital officer team and key decision making group for the hospital
  • Nurse leaders at all levels of the Upstate strive to demonstrate advocacy and support on behalf of staff and patients and lead change effectively.
  • Advocate for resources to support care delivery using clinical nurse input and trended data
  • Nurse leaders influence change in the organization

Philosophy of Excellence Every Day

  • Nursing strategic plan aligns with organizational plan and provides clear direction
  • Nurses at all levels advocate for/participate in practice-related decision-making

Nurse Leader rounds/open forums

Mentoring/Succession Planning

  • Leadership Academy
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Ongoing mentoring and succession planning at all levels

Formalized Mentoring Plan being piloted

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