Journal of advanced nursing | 27 Jul 2017
DR Thompson and AM Clark
What characterizes strong nursing leadership in academia? Not what you might think. Popular mythology may suggest strength and certainty: people who transcend, get their way, and “call” the important decisions (Brown 2014). Yet, historian Archie Brown (2014) analyzing hundreds of leaders over hundreds of years suggests otherwise, with: integrity, relationship building, collegiality, curiosity, willingness to seek disparate views, empathy and energy being far more important (Brown 2014). Stereotypical strength, it transpires, is steadfast weakness. Leadership in academia is necessary because the work is highly demanding, change is ever-present, and demands ever increase. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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