Nursing Leadership - Executive Competencies

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, leadership is defined as 1: the office or position of a leader, 2: capacity to lead, 3: the act or an instance of leading.  This “textbook” version lacks depth and personality so we searched to find how others define leadership in their own words.  Here are a few definitions that stood out above the rest:
  • “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” -Bill Gates
  • “True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”  - Sheri Dew  
  • “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” - Warren Bennis

The American Association of Nurse Executives (AONE), whose mission is “To shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership,” published a paper entitled, “The AONE Nurse Executive Competencies.” The Nurse Executive Competencies Model, originally developed by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance in 2004, outlines the following competencies as essential to healthcare leadership: 

I. Communication and relationship-building
II. A knowledge of the health care environment
III. Leadership
IV. Professionalism
V. Business skills

AONE’s paper on Nurse Executive Competencies is a tremendous resource for individuals who aspire to a leadership role in healthcare, for those who would like to improve their leadership skills, or for an assessment tool for both employers and employees. 
For a more in-depth understanding, Melnic Consulting Group recommends reading the full document here:  The AONE Nurse Executive Competencies
Reference:  www.aone.org

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