An exploratory study on the ideal leader in nursing

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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To explore the ideal in nursing leadership in Hong Kong, this study adopted a qualitative approach with a purposive sample of nurses (N=28) working in various healthcare settings. Twenty ideal personal qualities extracted from the participants' comments were: optimism, critical thinking, hard work, vision, responsibility, thinking and acting proactively, assertiveness, caring, decisiveness, empathy, honesty, flexibility, self-sacrifice, bravery, reliability, fairness, intelligence, openness, popularity and practicality. Twenty-nine concepts of leadership roles were identified and then grouped into six main themes as follows: considering patient benefit, working with colleagues, managing effectively, working with other parties, enhancing professionalism, and inducing changes. After describing the above aspects of the study, this chapter closes with a discussion about enhancing the understanding of and executing nursing leadership in Chinese cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Issues in Chinese Contexts
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781536112238
ISBN (Print)9781608767236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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