Creating work environments in which health care is delivered in a safe manner requires a new type of nursing leader, one who can transform the environment and the culture of a health care organization. This is the concept identified as transformational leadership. Transformational leaders commit to establishing and maintaining a relationship with their employees via two-way communication and the exchange of information and ideas. During the exchange, a transformational leader seeks to understand the employee’s values and motivations and work toward developing commonly held goals that benefit the organization. Discussed in this article are five common management practices associated with successful implementation of change initiatives and patient safety.
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