So, our university accredited Leadership programmes have shaped many NHS leaders of the past present and future... But we wanted to discuss the responsibilities of NHS leaders once they fly the nest and take on they new found role with confidence.
Firstly , we want to make it clear that being a leader has nothing to do with the seniority of your position, or how many followers you have. It is not a personality trait or a management skill type. It is a process of social influence.
As you can imagine, possessing such a power within the NHS comes with responsibilities.... We wanted to share the top 5 responsibilities with you.
One: You have a responsibility to seek out and identify talent at every level. By empowering those around you to embrace their skills and expertise, you will reap the rewards of achieving the best quality outcomes for your patients, staff and NHS services.
Two: Remember that you will need those around you to guide and drive visions forward. This means that you have a responsibility to listen to those around you. Keep your ears open to what is happening on the front line. Remember that learning from others is a continuing process, but a vital task in collective leadership.
Three: Learn. Learn from yourself, from others, from experience and practice. Most importantly, you have a responsibility to learn from failure. Failure is not necessarily a bad thing. Innovation invites it. But as a leader, you have a responsibility to praise those who learn from it. Including yourself.
Four: Candour. If you fail, head down the wrong path or loose sight of vision, be honest about it. You have a responsibility to talk about failure, learning, communication and true vision. Equally, share every success... talk about the times when you did succeed, provide examples of them. In doing so, you will breed a culture of those around you doing the same.
Five: Inspire! Be the inspiration for change. Become a role model for the change you want to see. In being creative and engaging with innovation, you will drive and motivate those around you to do the same. This is how the NHS service can move forward, achieve new things and embrace real change.
Everyone can be a leader if they choose to be, and we know that there are many more challenges and responsibilities involved in being the change you want to see. We hope that these top tips can enlighten our NHS leaders to the responsibilities that partner up with the power of leadership.
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