Leading Change: A Balancing Act
The importance of balance should be taken into account when working in nursing organization. Ability to remain balanced helps in managing clinical needs as well as in emotional and behavioral aspects of the patients. As it is mentioned, “leading through times of change requires another kind of balancing act”. (Bunker 2006) Nowadays leadership is considered a “balancing paradox” meaning that nurses should go beyond contradiction and find ways to compete different views. Nurse leaders should be able to find proper behavior and style of steering in order to develop effective style of leadership that satisfies the demand of changing times. According to data provides, about 75% of initiatives usually fails, because nurses don’t distinguish between managing business and taking care of patients’ health.
It is necessary to outline that in contemporary world nurses have to deal effectively with both human needs and structural issues. Failure to implement changes successfully is, mostly, driven by lack of balance. Therefore, the cores of success are strategy, implementation and abilities to introduce necessary changes to improve the overall performance of the nursing organization. Emotional aspect of change should be taken into account as well. If leader takes only one side, he can destabilize the performance of the organization and erode its trust. (Bunker 2006)
It is recommended to catalyze and manage changes to be introduced instead of coping with them. A leader, who is able to recognize the role of feelings and address them properly, will succeed in future. The most crucial responsibilities of true leader is to maintain energy and productivity during the introducing of changes. Therefore, urgency makes people remain balanced and to stay focused. Failure to remain balanced will lead to failure to introduce necessary changes. Further, effective leader should be tough enough to make up quick and difficult decision if necessary. Such personal qualities as optimism, realism, openness, self-reliance, trusting others are of great importance for nurse leaders. (Bunker 2006)
Bunker, Kerry. (2006, February). Leading Change: A Balancing Act. Nurse Leader, 43-45.