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.

Introduction: The book roadmap and core skills for leadership

Ruth Taylor Brian Webster-Henderson

To find out more about Ruth and Brian, please visit the companion website at


Welcome to our edited book on leadership in nursing. As editors, we are delighted to bring to you a new approach to talking about leadership. We believe that good leadership is a key component of providing good quality care to patients in a range of environments and settings. We are also of the view that leadership development, knowledge, and the rehearsal of leadership styles and skills are an important part of the student nurse’s learning journey.

In recent years the nursing profession has been at the centre of media scrutiny and a changing ...

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