Describe how the concepts of leadership and management differ from each other. In what areas do they overlap? Explain how the goals of management and leadership may sometimes overlap. As a nurse leader, do you believe you can expand your influence to create change by taking advantage of this overlap? Explain your answer.

 

It is quite interesting because most people use these terms interchangeably- leadership and management, as such most people will at one time refer to for example an individual in charge as their leader or their manager. However, these are two different terms. Looking at the role of each, management involves the organization, planning, staffing, directing and controlling (Grand Canyon University, 2013). In a healthcare setting, management must optimize patient care and be fiscally responsible. On the other hand, leaders might not have the authority, but might have the power through their ability to influence others. According to the Grand Canyon University (2015) lecture note, a leader is more concerned with the interpersonal relationship, and may be termed as a mentor, coach, advocate or role model. However, at times it’s hard to draw a line between management and leadership because they sometimes overlap. For example, those in leadership and management position must be able to influence followers/employees through acts such as motivation, having the right morals, and values. A leader and a manager in work setting must be visionary and a thinker who gets things done.

While it is possible to influence through authority, the right kind of influence can be expanded though doing the right things and doing thing right. A nurse leader occupies a special position. It is thus important for the nurse leader to have critical thinking skills such as being an active listener and excellent coping skills (Storch, Makaroff, Pauly & Newton, 2013). Nursing is a high stress job and taking advantage of the overlap, a nurse leader can ensure others remain motivated.

References

Grand Canyon University, (2013). NRS-451V Lecture 1. Theories and Concepts in Leadership and Management. Retrieved from https://lc-ugrad1.gcu.edu/learningPlatform/user/users.html?

Storch, J., Makaroff, K., Pauly, B., & Newton, L. (2013). Take me to my leader: The importance of ethical leadership among formal nurse leaders. Nursing Ethics20(2), 150-157. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969733012474291

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