One of the many challenges facing the nursing profession in 2011 is the visibility of clinical leadership. Clinical leadership is essential for positive patient outcomes and a productive work environment; given this, the need for strong and effective leadership has never been more urgent. The attributes of leadership and how they are used to inspire and lead others are often overlooked. A research study (Thornley 2007) exploring the concept of expert, found that many personal characteristics were used by nurses to facilitate their expertise and it was these characteristics that expert nurses used to lead and inspire others.
Thornley, T. (2011). Clinical leadership: A matter of trust? Paper presented at the Nurses Christian Fellowship Conference. University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus, 7 November, 2011.