A vision for tomorrow: transformational nursing leaders

Nurs Outlook. May-Jun 2002;50(3):121-6. doi: 10.1067/mno.2002.123354.


Background: Interviews with 8 transformational nursing leaders are presented.

Purpose: My purpose was to provide a picture of leadership principles and values as practiced by transformational nursing leaders.

Method: Interviews were conducted as person-to-person, by telephone, or through e-mail.

Discussion: The leaders shared their transformational leadership qualities, ideas of a successful environment, effective change strategies, antecedents for success, and visions for the future of nursing practice.

Conclusions: All of the transformational leaders interviewed strive for excellence, value integrity, shape their environment for success, demonstrate perseverance, attempt to improve the lives of others, possess a genuine love for people, motivate others with inspiration, "invent" the future, and share the path toward self-discovery.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Forecasting
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse Administrators / education
  • Nurse Administrators / organization & administration*
  • Nurse Administrators / psychology*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Power, Psychological
  • Professional Competence / standards
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Symbolism
  • United States