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.

Nursing Leadership in Organisations: Theory and practice

Nursing Leadership in Organisations: Theory and practice
Alison Crombie Gayle Garland

Chapter learning outcomes

On completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of theory in the development of leadership and management practice within nursing organisations.
  • Identify the key responsibilities and factors that influence individual leadership practice.
  • Discuss organisational leadership as a complex system, and explore factors that contribute to success or failure.

Key concepts

Leadership, management, nursing organisations, policy


Management and leadership theories have been developed in an attempt to explain the nature of such skills and attributes, and to guide individuals in their practice of leading and managing. By looking more widely than just the individual’s personal characteristics, skills and behaviour, the practice ...

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