This article was written ten years ago, March 2001 to be exact. This year is an opportunity to revisit this vision a decade later, is it achieved?
Creating a Vision is about from “good to great,” a movement in the healthcare system, the nursing profession, and a hospital’s vision, my place of work at that time. Here we go, names withheld.
My name is Nicole Claude. I am a Critical Care Nurse. Who I am is the possibility of inspiration, leadership and transformation of people and cultures. Who I have been at.. is a visionary thirsty for transformational leadership.
Since our CEO gave a presentation about our innovative goals ..transformation from a good to great hospital, I became committed and passionate to our existing vision.
According to Warrren Bennis, the first basic ingredient of leadership is a guiding vision. The second is passion and the third is intergrity. The leader wonders about everything, wants to learn as much as she can, is willing to take risks, experiment and try new things. To summarize a leader is an original, motivates and inspires her team.
Guiding vision, passion, and intergrity are the three firing characteristics that are noticeably emerging from our leaders here.. The catalyst to our empowered transformation is leadership.
Transformational leadership, first described by Burns in 1978, occurs when leaders broaden and elevate the interest of their employees to look beyond their self-interest for the good of the group. A transformational leader “articulates a clear vision of the futur in an exciting and meaningful manner” in order to continues to inspire her team. Furthermore, she is intellectually stimulating. This type of leadership is known as “elevating, mobilizing, and inspirational.”
Each January as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s birthday we see that his leadership and vision truly delineate transformational leadership. Dr. King stood for inspiration, education, love and community sense and more. Such transformational leaders are known as “social architects who move followers to transcend their own self-interests to reach for higher goals.”
Furthermore Joan Trofino, Nurse Consultant, in an article described a national survey of 2,500 health care opinion leaders identifying the top six transformational competencies and values required for leading the 21rst century health care organization. They are mastering change, system thinking, shared vision, continuous quality improvement, redifining health care, and serving the public/community.
As we emerge into the Transformational Leadership model we will create great success, a cadre of expert leaders, and an empowered workforce. Every staff member will be motivated and driven daily to put into practice our vision, mission statement as well as our core values- compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and service.
May we be strengthen in transforming this vision, that is “good to great,” into a reality. Our catalyst is a high quality of leadership and a culture of excellence.
I believe in our transformation from good to great
I believe in the greatness evolving and blossoming in each one of us
I believe that we can create an annual Champion award
I believe in our innovative organizational endeavors
I believe in all our possibilities
I believe… By Nicole Claude RN, BSN, CCRN
Today beyond “good to great” in the health care system is “Magnet Status.” According to Margaret Hawke, RN, MA, Magnet Status translates into a workplace that values nursing and promotes excellence… now a major program with international scope. Ms. Hawke is also a contributing writer for the Nursing Spectrum. Moreover, Joan Trofino, another nursing expert, leads many continuing educational programs entitled: Magnet Recognition 2009: A New Approach and Magnet Recognition The Nobel Prize for Nursing Practice. Creating a Vision, from a slow start to a rampant and recognized status of excellence, achieved. From the desk of Nicole Claude