Leadership Essay

652 WordsNov 2, 20143 Pages
Servant Leadership, at its core, is being a servant before you are a leader (Northouse, 2013). It involves showing high, ethical behavior and making the needs of your employees a priority. This practice aligns closely with religious morals and has become the leadership style of many large companies such as Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and Home Depot (Heskett, 2013). Larry Spears identified ten characteristics of servant leadership (Northouse, 2013). This writer will discuss one characteristic of servant leadership, how it can be applied in the perioperative nursing setting, and what impact servant leadership could have on the perioperative setting. She will also evaluate how servant leadership is compatible with religions and theories of philosophy. In every type of leadership, communication plays a vital role. For the servant leader, one should listen before they speak and listen more often than they speak (Northouse, 2013). Listening is the most essential part of communication. Through listening, one can recognize the perspective of the employees and endorse their point of view in some circumstances. A leader must listen, remain receptive, communicate often and be clear. Health care is an ever-changing environment. As a leader in the perioperative setting, listening skills are imperative. Most often, addressing the needs of the employees can lead to better patient outcomes. Listening to the employees can lead to new perspectives, new ways of doing things and new options--if one is open to the possibility. For example, there was an environment in the perioperative setting where the staff felt as if they were the hospital dumping ground. One area in the hospital was allowed to send their patients to the recovery room then leave for the day while the recovery room staff struggled to meet the demands of operating room patients. The staff requested that

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