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Preparing Nurse Managers for Authentic Leadership

A Pilot Leadership Development Program

Frasier, Nora, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 2 - p 79–85
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000714

OBJECTIVE: This study examined the impact of a pilot leadership development program on nurse managers' (NMs') use of authentic leadership behaviors.

BACKGROUND: Nurse managers often receive little or no formal training. Literature suggests formal leadership development programs can enhance their leadership competency. A leadership development program was designed and pilot tested to determine effectiveness in enhancing authentic leadership competency.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study used a convenience sample of 16 NMs who participated in the pilot program.

RESULTS: Measurable increases in authentic leadership behaviors were demonstrated in both the self-assessments (mean scores increased in 3 of 4 subscales) and RN direct report assessments (mean scores increased in all 4 subscales), with statistical significance achieved in 1 self-awareness behavior.

CONCLUSIONS: The pilot program demonstrated merit as a tool to enhance NMs' authentic leadership behaviors. Managers perceived greater self-awareness, and direct reports perceived positive change in managers' use of authentic leadership behaviors.

Author Affiliation: Vice President Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Mansfield, Texas.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Frasier, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 E Broad St, Mansfield, TX 76063 (

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