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Transformational Leadership style in the Clinical Practice Context

Leadership is an important aspect in the clinical practice context. The objective is to ensure that a healthcare organization has a person who guides the rest in matters of healthcare service delivery to promote positive outcomes for the patients (Marquis & Huston, 2009). The leader must embrace the organizational vision and pass the vision to the rest of the employees. The objective of this presentation is to discuss situational applications of transformational leadership style in the nursing clinical practice context; including the new graduate nursing context.

Transformational leadership is a style of leadership that enhances performance, motivation, and morale of the followers (Piccolo & Colquitt, 2006). This leadership style is characterized by empowerment, influence, and inspiration of the followers to collectively work towards a common goal (Piccolo & Colquitt, 2006, p.327).

Transformational leadership style is used in different situations in the nursing clinical context. Firstly, it is applied in high-stress areas characterized by patient complexities and unique regulations (Piccolo & Colquitt, 2006, p.331). Application of transformational leadership in this situation inspires the nurse staff to undertake their duties and responsibilities by applying all the necessary and required professional skills that help to solve the complex problems while strictly observing the laid down clinical procedures and regulations in order to avoid medical errors (Marquis & Huston, 2009). Secondly, it is applied in situations which are designed to increase awareness among the nursing staff. This is because transformational nurse leaders are quick to empower their staff through training and development so that the skills of nurse staff can be transformed from one level to the other (Bass, 2005). Transformational nurse leaders encourage and allow the junior staff to take several days off work to attend to a workshop, seminar, or classes in order to gather more skills and knowledge related to their work. Furthermore, it is applied in awareness situations to increase educational initiatives that empower nurses to carry out their activities efficiently and competently (Bass, 2005).

Thirdly, this leadership style is applied in mentoring situations. For example, transformational leadership style is applied in high-stress environment to motivate and inspire the nursing staff through encouragement so that they can overcome the stressing environment. The transformational nurse leaders demonstrate team work with the rest of nursing staff in high-stress areas in order to overcome patient complexities and embrace unique regulations with minimal difficulties (Bass, 2005).

Moreover, it is applied in mentoring situations to train and orient new graduate nurses about their roles and responsibilities in the healthcare setting and facilitate the increase in confidence and practical knowledge among the new graduate nurses (Bass, 2005).


Bass, B. (2005). Transformational leadership. 2nd ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Marquis, B. & Huston, C., (2009). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkin

Piccolo, R., & Colquitt, J. (2006). Transformational leadership and job behaviors: The mediating role of core job characteristics. Academy of Management Journal 49(2), 327-340