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Leadership

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: 10/11/2020

Key Resources

NHS Improvement (2018) The ward leader's handbook. London: NHSI.
NHS (2019) Interim NHS people plan.
  • Section two covers improving the leadership culture in the NHS in England.
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NHS England: NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)
  • Includes the 2019 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.
RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum
  • Find out about the work of the forum including the Emerging Leaders project.
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  • 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 Improvement (2019) Developing people - improving care.
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.

Books

Ashton D, Ripman J, and Williams P (2017) How to be a nurse or midwife leader, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Ashton D, Ripman J, and Williams P (2017) How to be a nurse or midwife leader. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Covey S R (2015) The 7 habits of highly effective people. (no place): Mango Media. Covey S R (2015) The 7 habits of highly effective people. (no place): Mango Media.
Dolan B and Overend A (2019) Leadership and management on the ward (3rd edition), (no place): Elsevier. Dolan B and Overend A (2019) Leadership and management on the ward. 3rd edn. (no place): Elsevier.
Kotter J (2012) Leading change (2nd edition), Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Review Press. Kotter J (2012) Leading change. 2nd edn. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press.
Kouzes J and Posner B (2017) The leadership challenge: how to make extraordinary things happen in organizations, Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. Kouzes J and Posner B (2017) The leadership challenge: how to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. Hoboken: Wiley.
Marson N (2019) Leading by coaching: how to deliver impactful change one conversation at a time. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Marson N (2019) Leading by coaching: how to deliver impactful change one conversation at a time. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Peters S (2012) The chimp paradox, Vermilion, London. Peters S (2012) The chimp paradox. Vermilion, London.
Stanley D (editor) (2016) Clinical leadership in nursing and healthcare: values into action, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. Stanley D (ed.) (2016) Clinical leadership in nursing and healthcare: values into action. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Stanley D (2019) Values-based leadership in healthcare: congruent leadership explored. London: Sage. Stanley D (2019) Values-based leadership in healthcare: congruent leadership explored. London: Sage.
Swanwick T & McKimm J (2017) ABC of clinical leadership (2nd edition) Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. Swanwick T and McKimm J (2017) ABC of clinical leadership. 2nd edn. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Thomas J (2012) A nurse's survival guide to leadership and management on the ward (2nd edition) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Taylor R and Webster-Henderson B (2017) The essentials of nursing leadership. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Traynor M (2017) Critical resilience for nurses: an evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS, London: Taylor and Francis. Traynor M (2017) Critical resilience for nurses: an evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS. London: Taylor and Francis.
Yoder-Wise P (2019) Leading and managing in nursing (7th edition), St Louis: Mo., Elsevier. Yoder-Wise P (2019) Leading and managing in nursing. 7th edn. St Louis: Elsevier.

Book subject searches

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Journal articles

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Journals

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

Databases

HMIC
  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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Videos

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.
    Leadership

Publications

Kings Fund publications

Page last updated - 10/11/2020