1. Section Editor(s): Davis, Charlotte BSN, RN, CCRN

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Although we learn basic leadership skills in our nursing programs, we must refine the positive attributes of accountability, collaborative practice, approachability, effectiveness, fairness, and commitment to our colleagues and the organization. Over time, we develop our own leadership style by evaluating the traits of respected leaders and acquiring skills that allow us to emulate those traits.


Being a leader in your clinical area doesn't mean that you have to be part of your facility's administrative team. A leader is a valued member of the healthcare team who provides assistance, insight, and opinions on matters that can impact the clinical work environment or professional nursing practice. So how do you hone your leadership skills?


Consider the following ways to enhance your leadership proficiency.


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Refining your leadership skills can improve your professional confidence and inspire your coworkers to work cohesively to accomplish unit and organizational goals. The first step is up to you. Your leadership journey begins now!