Leadership DIMENSIONEssential Qualities of an Effective Clinical LeaderCain, Linda B. PhD, RN Author Information Linda B. Cain, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the Bellarmine University School of Nursing, Louisville, Ky. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Linda B. Cain, PhD, RN, Bellarmine University School of Nursing, 2001 Newburg Rd, Louisville, KY 40205 ([email protected]) Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: January 2005 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 32-34 Buy AbstractIn Brief Strong and effective clinical leadership is needed by practicing nurses as our healthcare systems continue to decentralize and shift decision making closer to the bedside. Innovation and new ways of leading and following are required. New forms of clinical leadership can energize and transform today's work environments. Everyone can be a leader. This article describes the characteristics of an effective leader as well as innovative and new ways of leading © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.