Leadership Styles: Transformational and Governance
In the health field, there are different leadership styles that managers may use. When people see a leader, they assume that they fit into one of five categories: authoritarian, autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, and pacesetting (Yarnell & Grunberg, 2017). Usually, a manager or supervisor will have a specific leadership style. These styles divide further into different types, such as transformational and governance.
Transformational leadership is the style of leadership that I work best under in nursing. This type of leadership includes characteristics like charisma, passion, and a well-thought-out vision (Abelha et al., 2018). Transformational leaders can generate enthusiasm in their followers by finding commonalities between the leader and the group members. Furthermore, transformational leaders can define situations relevant to the group members’ thoughts, feelings, and needs. Because of this, transformational leaders inspire many people and make them willing to follow their guidance in any situation that may arise.
The leadership style that best represents my former manager is governance. My former manager could hold subordinates accountable for their work. He did not micromanage: instead; he gave people the freedom to work on whatever task they chose while also keeping them accountable for reaching specific goals. Furthermore, my former manager would hold regular meetings to update the employees on the status of their projects and tasks while also discussing how they could improve themselves in what they do.
Nurse managers need to have a clear understanding of their predominant leadership style for several reasons. First, it enhances good communication between nurse managers and their employees. It also enables nurse managers to be more familiar with their employees. Furthermore, apprehension of one’s style and that of the team will allow the manager to appreciate how the team members are different or similar, why those differences might exist, and use this knowledge to strengthen the team. Indeed, having a clear understanding of the predominant leadership style plays a vital role in the management of the nursing field.
To summarize, leadership styles include transformational and governance. Transformational leadership is the style of leadership that I work best in nursing. My former manager used governance to lead the employees. Nurse managers need to clearly understand their predominant leadership style because it enhances good communication between them and their employees and enables them to be more familiar with their employees. Indeed, the leadership styles of nurse managers are crucial to nursing success.
Abelha, D. M., Carneiro, P. C. D. C., & Cavazotte, F. D. S. C. N. (2018). Transformational leadership and job satisfaction: Assessing the influence of organizational contextual factors and individual characteristics. Revista Brasileira de Gestao de Negocios, 20, 516-532.
Yarnell, A. M., & Grunberg, N. E. (2017). Developing “allostatic leaders”: a psychosocial perspective. In Leader development deconstructed (pp. 23-50). Springer, Cham.