What Followers Want in Their Nurse Leaders

By Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Am Nurs Journal. 2012;7(9) 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Transformational leadership hinges on a high level of engagement between leaders and followers.


Why would anyone want you to lead them? That's a question nurses rarely ask themselves before they take on leadership positions. But it's an important one, because if you're honest in reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses, you can probably find many reasons why nurses wouldn't want you to lead them.

Developing yourself as a leader is a process. You can—and will—make many mistakes. Reflective questions help you frame your leadership journey so you can become the kind of nurse leader no one wants to leave.