Using coaching and action learning to support staff leadership development
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Using coaching and action learning to support staff leadership development

Alison Heulwen James Senior lecturer in adult nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales
Hannah Arnold Lecturer in adult nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the role of leadership development in enhancing patient care

  • To refresh your knowledge of professional development approaches such as coaching and action learning

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

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During the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, nurse leaders and managers have been compelled to prioritise immediate issues in their clinical areas and put aside the professional development of staff. However, leadership development for individuals and teams is essential to ensure nurses feel valued and develop the skills required for team cohesion, problem-solving, decision-making and innovation. Simple and effective approaches to staff leadership development are needed. Two such approaches are coaching and action learning.

This article provides an introduction to coaching and action learning as approaches nurse leaders and managers can use to promote leadership development among individual team members and within the team. It describes how coaching and action learning work and their potential benefits and challenges. It explains how the two approaches can be used to underpin effective problem-solving and goal setting, and support nurses in their professional development, the ultimate aim being to deliver safe and effective patient care.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2022.e2040

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Conflict of interest

None declared

James AH, Arnold H (2022) Using coaching and action learning to support staff leadership development. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2022.e2040

Published online: 24 February 2022

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