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An Interview Report with the Nurse Supervisor on the Qualities of Leadership

Updated on August 25, 2014

For this interview, I settled on the nurse supervisor since I think that he must be well versed with issues related to nursing career, owing to the experience garnered as a regular nurse. He is, therefore, the personnel who can give reliable information concerning this career, and the particular role. The nurse supervisor identified as Mr. Keynnan, is a transformational leader. This is because he puts emphasis on the nurses that he leads and motivates them to perform their duties well. In the processes, he also assists them in developing their own potentials, including in management. Since his appointment in this position, he has been able to transform individuals that he leads, groups and his contributions to this hospital setting are significant.

The qualities of a transformational leader according to Hellriegel et al (2008) include the ability to inspire. Hellriegel et al (2008) writes, ‘transformational leaders inspire others with their vision, often promoting the organization’s vision among them’ (p89). It is notable that the scope of the transformation in the hospital where Keynnan works is significant, meaning that he is a confident leader who also endeavors to instill such a trait among his followers. Keynnan motivates employees and obtain their commitment by being passionate about his vision on his career and this hospital. According to Cassidy, and Kreitner, (2009), ‘transformational leaders project optimism and self-confidence on followers. Followers have to see that a leader is passionate about a vision and confident that it can be achieved’ (P114). In addition, Keynnan uses a Cross-Functional Team initiative to inspire a ‘can-do’ attitude among the nurses below him. According to Bass (1997), ‘among other things, the follower's sense of self-worth must be addressed to engage and commit the follower.’ Keynnan reminds all staff that they are capable of attaining the vision through individual and collective effort, thus the essence of the teamwork approach in this setting.

In accordance to transformational leadership theory, leaders are reqired to determine a particular outcome, or change that requires to be pursued. They are also expected to become moral agents while the subjects pursue a desired change or outcome (Bass, 1998). In this perspective, a transformational leader delegates duties and allows their subjects in making decisions, and provides solutions to problems affecting their communities or organizations. This is the same approach taken by Mr. Keynnan in his leadership.

Mr. Keynnan’s leadership style has evolved to include professional development of the nurses under him and has come to promote teamwork, instilling self-confidence and including other staff members in policymaking and procedures. The supervisor had to undergo an online communication course, which gave him skills on effectively communicating with the staff members. A strong communication skill has enabled him to communicate and related well with his followers.

Challenges of Mr Keynnan as Leader

Similar to other leaders in the nursing profession, the interview revealed that Mr. Keynnan is also facing some challenges as a nursing leader. For instance, despite him wanting to advance his career through education, he is unable to do so due to financial constraints as well as the government insurance health issues. The economic struggle relates to restrictions on wages and salaries within this field. Additionally, Mr. Keynnan’s responsibilities as a supervisor in a busy hospital setting have almost overwhelmed him, and he has no adequate time to advance his career.

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