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Principle H of the Principles of Nursing Practice is: "Nurses and nursing staff lead by example, develop themselves and other staff, and influence the way care is given in a manner that is open and responds to individual needs" (RCN, 2010, Principles of Nursing Practice). Use this guide to find information resources about leadership including books, reports, journal articles and videos.

Last updated: 17/06/2022

Key Resources

Kapadia D, Zhang J, Salway S, Nazroo J and Booth A (2022) Ethnic inequalities in healthcare: a rapid evidence review. NHS Race and Health Observatory.
The King’s Fund (2021) Integrated care systems: how will they work under the Health and Care Bill?
Royal College of Nursing: Our international work
NHS England (2020) NHS people plan.
NHS England: NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
  • Includes the 2020 WRES report, previous reports, and details of phase two.
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West M, Bailey S and Williams E (2020) The courage of compassion. Supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high quality care. London: King’s Fund.
Royal College of Nursing (2021) Royal College of Nursing response to NHS England and NHS Improvement consultation on 'Building a strong, integrated care system across England'. London: RCN.
Charles A (2021) Integrated care systems explained: making sense of systems, places and neighbourhoods. London: The Kings Fund.
RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum
  • Find out about the work of the forum including the Emerging Leaders project.
    Our work
  • Blogs
McMahon A and Sin CH (2015) A guide to economic assessment in nursing. Harrow: RCNi.
RCN Clinical topic: Quality improvement
Health Education England (2015) Understanding and maximising leadership in pre-registration healthcare curricula: research report. London: HEE.
IntraHealth International, Nursing Now and Johnson and Johnson (2019) Investing in the power of nurse leadership: what will it take?
  • This report provides an in-depth analysis of the gender-related barriers to and facilitators of nurse leadership and makes recommendations for policymakers and implementers.
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Kolyva K, Butt N and Eames J (2018) #150 leaders evaluation: fostering student leadership. London: Council of Deans.
NHS Leadership Academy (2013) The healthcare leadership model: the nine dimensions of leadership behaviour. Leeds: NHS Leadership Academy.
Steward K (2014) Exploring CQC's well-led domain. London: Kings Fund.
Timmins N (2015) The practice of system leadership: being comfortable with chaos. London: Kings Fund.
West M, Eckert R, Steward K and Passmore B (2014) Delivering collective leadership for health care. London: The Kings Fund.
We would like to thank the RCN Nursing in Management and Leadership member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


Book Cover Ashton D, Ripman J, and Williams P (2017) How to be a nurse or midwife leader. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Covey S R (2015) The 7 habits of highly effective people. (no place): Mango Media.
Book Cover Dolan B and Overend A (2019) Leadership and management on the ward. 3rd edn. (no place): Elsevier.
Book Cover Frost S and Alidina R-K (2019) Building an inclusive organization: leveraging the power of a diverse workforce. London: Kogan Page.
Book Cover Kotter J (2012) Leading change. 2nd edn. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.
Book Cover Kouzes J and Posner B (2017) The leadership challenge: how to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. Hoboken: Wiley.
Book Cover Marson N (2019) Leading by coaching: how to deliver impactful change one conversation at a time. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book Cover Patterson K, Grenny J, McMillan R and Switzler A (2011) Crucial conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Book Cover Peters S (2012) The chimp paradox. Vermilion, London.
Book Cover Stanley D (ed.) (2016) Clinical leadership in nursing and healthcare: values into action. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Book Cover Stanley D (2019) Values-based leadership in healthcare: congruent leadership explored. London: Sage.
Book Cover Swanwick T and McKimm J (2017) ABC of clinical leadership. 2nd edn. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Book Cover Taylor R and Webster-Henderson B (2017) The essentials of nursing leadership. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Book Cover Traynor M (2017) Critical resilience for nurses: an evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS. London: Taylor and Francis.
Book Cover Yoder-Wise P (2019) Leading and managing in nursing. 7th edn. St Louis: Elsevier.

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Journal of Nursing Management Journals of interest for leadership. Use these links to see details of availability.


  • Search for details of publications, journal articles and grey literature related to health service policy, management and administration.
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RCN Podcasts

Why WRES, Why now?

RCN Events video on demand

Supporting nurses to lead from day one of registration. RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum masterclass. RCN Education Forum National Conference 2019. Kate Wells-McCulloch.
  • Register online for free access to this video.
    Part 1
  • Part 2
Diversity leadership: A question of care, quality and safety. RCN Education Forum National Conference 2019.
  • Professor Laura Serrant OBE speaks powerfully about diversity leadership putting forward the case that it is more than a moral question of right and wrong. Register online for free access to this video.
Leadership for changing organisational culture. RCN Education Forum National Conference 2019.
  • This presentation looks at how Dame Jackie Daniel has, through her leadership and leadership style, changed organisational culture within a wide variety of organisations and to varying degrees using the same methodology for each one. Register online for free access to this video.


TED Talks
  • What makes a great leader? These TED Talks offer surprising, nuanced approaches on how to inspire and empower others to do their very best.
    How to be a great leader
  • These TED Talks - from soldiers and psychologists, athletes and entrepreneurs - share hard-won wisdom on leadership.


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