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Leadership styles and theories

Charlotte Louise Giltinane District nursing sister, Cambridgeshire Community Services, Cambridge

It is useful for healthcare professionals to be able to identify the leadership styles and theories relevant to their nursing practice. Being adept in recognising these styles enables nurses to develop their skills to become better leaders, as well as improving relationships with colleagues and other leaders, who have previously been challenging to work with. This article explores different leadership styles and theories, and explains how they relate to nursing practice.

Nursing Standard. 27, 41, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 23 January 2013

Accepted: 11 April 2013