Vol. 80, No. 3 Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 58,000 RNs and LPNs in Mississippi. Fall 2018 Debbie Allen, MSN, RN As new nursing students arrive each year, I am honored to be working with the future leaders in nursing and constantly reminded how important developing nursing leadership skills is to all nurses. A statement that has resonated with me is “nurse = leader,” contained in The New Leadership Challenge, Creating the Future of Nursing. 1 This is such a short but powerful statement – each and every A Message from the President Debra Allen, MSN, RN nurse is a leader. From the most seasoned nurse to the nursing student, we must seek opportunities to hone our leadership skills. This is important for our profession and our patients. Depending on our role in nursing, we may routinely engage in a variety of leadership activities that assist us in becoming more effective leaders. If you are a manager, you may have increased opportunities for attending seminars and honing your leadership skills. What about those who work with you who don’t have similar opportunities? To be a good leader, you must be willing to guide other staff through your mentoring, coaching, and leadership efforts. One of my favorite quotes is by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus: “Managers are people who do things right. Leaders are people who do the right thing.” The “right thing” is to be open to mentoring and encouraging those around you to embrace and explore every opportunity to enhance their leadership skills. If formal opportunities are scarce, leaders become innovative in their approach to providing resources, frequently working with other colleagues to create original, cost-effective programs. This process alone may open the door for many new leaders. Leaders must also recognize that expectations differ among age groups of colleagues. This is especially important when working with millennials who place significant value on employers and leaders/mentors who are willing to devote resources to assist them in becoming valuable to the organization and feel more comfortable in their nursing role. 2 An effective leader takes the time to understand the unique needs of colleagues and strives to provide the necessary coaching and mentoring to support colleagues’ growth. Being a good leader also takes vision and consideration of others’ personalities and leadership placement. This is important when providing positive comments and, perhaps even more important, when providing constructive feedback. A good leader is aware of the impact constructive feedback may have on a colleague and is prepared and direct when addressing this issue. The feedback is presented using “I” rather than “you” statements that describe observed problematic behavior or actions, explains the impact of that behavior, and offers recommendations for change. 3 We oftentimes think, I will relay this information in the manner in which I would prefer to receive it, but as a leader, we have to recognize the individual personality of the recipient, and structure our delivery accordingly. To be a good leader, we must have self-awareness and understand how we react and cope with stress, change (a given in our profession), and interaction with other personality types. This self-awareness will benefit us when interacting with our colleagues, patients, and our patients’ family members. This topic is of such importance that Knowing Me, Knowing You: Provider Self-Awareness to Improve Patient Outcomes is our Pre-Convention Workshop, on Tuesday, October 23 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. By special request, Mr. Roderick Green, PMHNP-BC will be leading this workshop. As nurses, we can’t be on the periphery of leadership - we must be at its core. We must “do the right thing” for our profession, colleagues, and patients! As our 2018 Convention approaches, I invite you to join with us! I hope to see all of you in Biloxi! 1 Grossman, Shelia C., and Valiga, Theresa M. The New Leadership Challenge, Creating the Future of Nursing. 5th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. 2 Sherman, Rose O. “The Leader Coach.” American Nurse Today, vol. 13, no 5, May 2018, pp. 6-9. 3 Robb, Megan and Shellenbarger, Teresa. “Constructive feedback, How to have the difficult conversation.” American Nurse Today, vol. 13, no 6, June 2018, pp. 12-13. 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