This new approach to leadership focuses on how students can develop your leadership skills right from the start of their nursing programme through to transitioning to their first role. The book first takes students through the underpinning knowledge and theory and then through practical skills to help them understand all aspects of leadership and how it is a key component of providing quality care to patients in a range of environments and settings. Real stories from nursing leaders, practitioners and students are included to inspire students and show them how they can impact positively on practice, whatever level they are working at. Key features include:  • Real life focus, grounded in everyday practice, with lots of case studies and examples to help students see how theory relates to practice  • Activities to help students reflect about their own practice, and about themselves as leaders  • Video interviews with nurse leaders and students on the companion website  • Further reading and links to journal articles in both the book and more on the companion website help students delve deeper and prepare for assessments.

Harnessing your Skills as a Future Leader: Role models in action

Harnessing your Skills as a Future Leader: Role models in action
Brian Webster-Henderson

With thanks to Dave Ferguson, Debbie Carrick-Sen, Michael J. Brown, Juliet McArthur, Colette Ferguson and Tracy Humphrey

Chapter learning outcomes

In this chapter you will be able to:

  • Explore the concept of professional leadership.
  • Have the opportunity to learn from the narratives of some nursing leaders in the UK.
  • Listen to the collective voice of those nursing leaders and identify common thoughts on leadership skills that you can aspire to.
  • Consider how you can learn from ‘role models’ and adapt your own leadership potential.

Key concepts

Professional leadership, role models, collective voice, leadership narrative, advice


This chapter introduces you to a number of leaders within the nursing ...

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