How we present as leaders is very important. A nurse leader should possess traits that allow them to be effective, a nurse leader exhibits:
Passion and positivity
Sensitivity to others needs including patients, colleagues and all staff
Decisiveness in actions
Supportiveness to staff goals and career moves
The nurse leader that has these qualities grooms others to grow and accept change, which encourages working together to create positive change.
When attempting to implement change in the work place it is important to recognize and reward individuals when good performance is demonstrated.
Moving stage—The change agent clarifies the need to change, explores alternatives, defines goals and objectives, plans the change, and implements the change plan. The change agent develops a plan of action after identifying possible objections and reasoning and includes all parties that will be affected by the plan. The change agent serves as a resource and point support during the implementation of the plan, then evaluates the efficacy of it, and modifies if applicable.
3. Refreezing stage—The change agent integrates the change into the organization so that it becomes recognized as the status quo. If the refreezing stage is not completed, people may drift into old behaviors. Rather than the plan being identified as new, the change agent ensures that it is recognized as the standard of care. Involvement and education are key to successful change. To be effective clear, two-way communication and a concerted effort to garner information and feedback from all affected parties are needed. Education and training also are important components of effective change as it can reduce fear of the unknown and allow the staff to feel prepared and comfortable with taking on new or different responsibilities (Cherry & Jacob, 2016).