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    Initiating best practices and effective strategies for innovation begins with highly effective interprofessional communication. One way to begin to establish yourself as a leader is to stay abreast of theories and evolving strategies and then inviting others to help you realize them at work. Being informed requires the ability to perform and process research.

    After investigating several leadership theories, you will have the opportunity to organize your understanding of five examples by completing a worksheet for future reference and professional use. This worksheet can serve as a springboard for a catalog of best practices and strategies.

    As you learned in NSG/416: Theoretical Development and Conceptual Frameworks, theory-guided practice improves patient outcomes because of purposeful systematic application. As you grow in the nurse leader role, you will see that the same holds true for theory-guided leadership. This assessment is designed to link leadership theory to practice and connect your past and current experience to help you grow as a leader.

    For this summative assessment, you will compile your own theory reference guide. This guide will help you facilitate interprofessional communications when discussing rationales and plans for changes you believe will improve quality of care and the work environment.

    Complete the Leadership Theories in Practice worksheet to create a customized resource that classifies the theories you find relevant. It is a succinct venue for itemizing meaningful and actionable guidance for application in the workplace. This guide is a tool that you can grow throughout your career as you stay current in best practices while navigating change and challenges.

    Submit your worksheet that includes an APA formatted title page and reference page for your 5 citations.

NSG/451 v3
Leadership Theories in Practice
NSG/451 v3
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NSG/451 v3: Leadership Theories in Practice

Review the leadership theories located in the Theory Box on pages 40-48 and Gardner’s Tasks of Leading/Managing Table 1-1 on pages 49-50 in Leading and Managing in Nursing.

Complete the table below:

Summarize the main points of the theory in your own words in the Summary Definition column.

Provide an example where you witnessed the theory in practice or suggest a situation where it could be applicable in the Practice Example column. Do not restate the Application to Practice column in the textbook; provide a unique example or suggest a possible scenario.

Correlate at least one of Gardner’s task to the theory and practice examples in the last column.

Use at least five in-text citations in the table to support your summaries, practice examples, or application of Gardner’s Tasks. In the References section below the table, create an APA-formatted list to cite each resource.

Theory Name

Summary Definition

Practice Example

Application of Gardner’s Tasks

Trait Theories

Style Theories

Situational-Contingency Theories

Transformational Theories

Hierarchy of Needs

Two-Factor Theory

Expectancy Theory

Organizational Behavior Modification

References

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