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The Effectiveness of a Leadership Development Program on Self-awareness in Practice

Vitello-Cicciu, Joan M. PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA NEA-BC; Weatherford, Barbara PhD, RN; Gemme, Donna DNP, RN; Glass, Bonnell MS, RN; Seymour-Route, Paulette PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: March 2014 - Volume 44 - Issue 3 - p 170–174
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000046

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the changes in behaviors as reported by nursing leaders following participation in a leadership development program (LDP).

BACKGROUND: There is a scarcity of research examining changes in leadership behaviors following LDP participation. A growing body of literature links critical behaviors and traits to outcomes among nurse managers and executives. Literature supports that leadership behaviors can be learned in educational programs if the environment is right and if the talent and capacity are present.

METHODS: Focus groups and online responses were guided by a structured interview protocol to elicit responses from the participants of the behavioral changes that have occurred in them as a result of their participation in an LDP.

RESULTS: Seven themes describing leadership behaviors were identified. These self-reported behaviors were present 5 to 9 months after completion of the LDP.

Author Affiliations: Perioperative Nursing, In-Patient Surgical Nursing and Clinical Services, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Vitello-Cicciu, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115 (

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