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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: 18/09/2017

Key Resources

Francis R (Chair) (2013) The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry: final report, London: Stationery Office.
  • This major report included a number of recommendations for nursing leadership and future practice.
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Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry Report: response of the Royal College of Nursing. Executive summary Royal College of Nursing (2013) Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry Report: response of the Royal College of Nursing. Executive summary, RCN: London.
McMahon A and Sin CH (2015) A guide to economic assessment in nursing, Harrow: RCNi.
Accountability and delegation: a guide for the nursing team Royal College of Nursing (2015) Accountability and delegation: a guide for the nursing team, London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2017) Raising concerns, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Raising concerns, London: RCN.
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

Adair J (2002) Inspiring leadership: learning from great leaders, London: Thorogood. Adair J (2002) Inspiring leadership: learning from great leaders, London: Thorogood.
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.
Bharwaney G (2015) Emotional resilience: know what it takes to be agile, adaptable and perform at your best, Harlow: Pearson.
Bishop V (2009) Leadership for nursing and allied health care professions, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Bishop V (2009) Leadership for nursing and allied health care professions, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
 Gladwell M (2002) The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference, New York, NJ: Little, Brown and Company. Gladwell M (2002) The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference, New York, NJ: Little, Brown and Company.
Goleman (1996) Emotional intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ and Working with emotional intelligence, London: Bloomsbury Goleman (1996) Emotional intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ and Working with emotional intelligence, London: Bloomsbury.
Kelly P (2011) Nursing leadership and management (3rd international edition), Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning. Kelly P (2011) Nursing leadership and management (3rd international edition), Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.
Kotter J (2012) Leading change (2nd edition), Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Review Press. Kotter J (2012) Leading change (2nd edition), Boston, Mass: Harvard Business Review Press.
Kotter J and Rathgeber H (2006) Our iceberg is melting: changing and succeeding under any conditions, London: Macmillan. Kotter J and Rathgeber H (2006) Our iceberg is melting: changing and succeeding under any conditions, London: Macmillan.
Kouzes J and Posner B (2011) The five practices of exemplary leadership: nursing, San Francisco: Pfeiffer. Kouzes J and Posner B (2011) The five practices of exemplary leadership: nursing, San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
Sullivan E (2013) Practical leadership and management in healthcare: for nurses and allied health professionals (2nd edition),  Harlow: Pearson. Sullivan E (2013) Practical leadership and management in healthcare: for nurses and allied health professionals (2nd edition),  Harlow: Pearson.
Thomas J (2012) A nurse Thomas J (2012) A nurse's survival guide to leadership and management on the ward (2nd edition), Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
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.

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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.
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