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.

The Context of Leadership in Practice

The Context of Leadership in Practice

The Context of Leadership in Practice
Annette Thomas-Gregory

Chapter learning outcomes

On completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Explore the traits and characteristics of key nursing leaders, and analyse their influence and legacy.
  • Examine the nurse as a leader and active participant in an ever-changing and developing system of healthcare.
  • Recognise the importance of developing leadership skills from the beginning of your nurse education and plan how you will develop those skills.

Key concepts

Historical context of nursing, leadership, trait theories, student as leader


The purpose of this chapter is to offer you an overview of the history of nursing leadership and its relationship to the current context of nursing and healthcare practice. Linked to this is the thread that ...

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