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The Dimensions of Leadership: A Foundation for Caring Competency


The Dimensions of Leadership: A Foundation for Caring Competency

Mary O'Connor. Nurs Adm Q.


The Institute of Medicine (as recorded in their publication, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses), the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives have all called for the attention of caring competencies for nurse leaders. These competencies include skills and behaviors such as communication, relationship management, and building and sustaining trust. The Center for Nursing Leadership's 9 dimensions of leadership-holding the truth, [recognizing the] intellectual and emotional self, discovery of potential, [the] quest for the adventure toward knowing, diversity as a vehicle to wholeness, appreciation of ambiguity, knowing something of life, holding multiple perspectives without judgment, and keeping commitments to oneself-are applied to the behavior and performance of nurse leaders across settings and scope of practice. This article illustrates the embodiment of caring competencies by nurse leaders through the use of the dimensions of leadership.

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