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Defining Leadership in a Changing Time

Elwell, Sean M. MSN, RN, EMT; Elikofer, Amanda N. MSN, RN, NE-BC

doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000165

The purpose of this article is to discuss the difference between leadership and management. Leadership and management have been discussed for many years. Both are important to achieve success in health care, but what does that really mean? Strong leaders possess qualities that inspire others to follow them. This fosters team engagement, goal achievement, and ultimately drives outcomes. Managers plan, organize, and coordinate. It takes dedication, motivation, and passion to be more than a manager and be a good leader. There is not a single correct leadership style, but there are important characteristics that all leaders must demonstrate to get the desired results with the team. In a time when health care is rapidly changing, leadership is important at all levels of an organization.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware (Mr Elwell); and Deaconess Regional Trauma Center, Evansville, Indiana (Ms Elikofer).

Correspondence: Sean M. Elwell, MSN, RN, EMT, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 (

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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