Examine formal leadership theories.

Examine formal leadership theories.

Examine formal leadership theories. 150 150 Nyagu

Discussion 1: Leadership Theories in Practice
A walk through the Business section of any bookstore or a quick Internet search on the topic will
reveal a seemingly endless supply of writings on leadership. Formal research literature is also
teeming with volumes on the subject.
However, your own observation and experiences may suggest these theories are not always so
easily found in practice. Not that the potential isn’t there; current evidence suggests that
leadership factors such as emotional intelligence and transformational leadership behaviors, for
example, can be highly effective for leading nurses and organizations.
Yet, how well are these theories put to practice? In this Discussion, you will examine formal
leadership theories. You will compare these theories to behaviors you have observed firsthand
and discuss their effectiveness in impacting your organization.
To Prepare:
 Review the Resources and examine the leadership theories and behaviors introduced.
 Identify two to three scholarly resources, in addition to this Module’s readings, that
evaluate the impact of leadership behaviors in creating healthy work environments.
 Reflect on the leadership behaviors presented in the three resources that you selected for
By Day 3 of Week 4
Post two key insights you had from the scholarly resources you selected. Describe a leader
whom you have seen use such behaviors and skills, or a situation where you have seen these
behaviors and skills used in practice. Be specific and provide examples. Then, explain to what
extent these skills were effective and how their practice impacted the workplace.
By Day 6 of Week 4
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days by explaining how the
leadership skills they described may impact your organization or your personal leadership, or by
identifying challenges you see in applying the skills described.
Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 4 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 6 of Week 4

To participate in this Discussion:
Week 4

Learning Resources

Required Readings
Marshall, E., & Broome, M. (2017). Transformational leadership in nursing: From expert
clinician to influential leader (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

 Chapter 1, “Expert Clinician to Transformational Leader in a Complex Health
Care Organization: Foundations” (pp. 7–20 ONLY)
 Chapter 6, “Frameworks for Becoming a Transformational Leader” (pp. 145–170)
 Chapter 7, “Becoming a Leader: It’s All About You” (pp. 171–194)

Duggan, K., Aisaka, K., Tabak, R. G., Smith, C., Erwin, P., & Brownson, R. C. (2015).
Implementing administrative evidence-based practices: Lessons from the field in six local health
departments across the United States. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1).
doi:10.1186/s12913-015-0891-3. Retrieved from

Resources for the StrengthsFinder Assessment Tool
Rath, T. (2007). Strengths Finder 2.0 – with Access Code.

Purchase the access code from the Walden bookstore. Then follow the instructions in the
document "How to Access the Strengths Finder 2.0.

Document: How to Access Strengths Finder 2.0 (PDF)

Required Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Leadership [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Moore Foundation. (n.d.). Nurses share lessons in leadership. Retrieved from