Leadership Theories in Practice

Leadership Theories in Practice

Leadership Theories in Practice

NSG/451: Professional Nursing Leadership Perspectives

Wk 1 – Leadership Theories in Practice


Assignment Content


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 the same holds true for theory-guided leadership. This assignment is designed to link leadership theory to practice and connect your past and current experience to help you grow as a leader.


This week you will practice the role of a researcher. This will be accomplished by exploring and completing a worksheet on common leadership theories. Hopefully by defining each theory, you will be able to recognize that specific leadership style at work and everyday life.


Complete the Leadership Theories in Practice worksheet below (page 3 and 4) The written assignment for this week is to fill out and complete the worksheet. Please see the Welcome to week 1 announcement for the example of how to complete this chart as the graphic cannot be posted in this text box. There are a total of at least 5 different sources to be used for the entire worksheet. Your book can be one source and you may reuse a peer reviewed journal more than once. Sometimes you can find peer reviewed journals that review several of our theories in the worksheet.


The written assignment for this week is to fill out and complete the worksheet.


Column 1: For the Summary Definition, be sure to summarize the main points in your own words and add your in-text citation.  Sources should be from at least 5 different places and then use these sources in APA-format for your references. There should be NO direct quotes.  Summarize the theory in your own words. 


Column 2: The Practice Example will come from your own work experience or suggest a situation where this would apply. Write the example without using 1st person so you work on that new skill set you will need for your BSN. Since this is a story from your experience, it does not need cited for this worksheet.


Column 3: The Application of Gardner’s Tasks is where you will correlate at least one task to the theory and practice example. Gardner’s Tasks can be found in your book- Leading and Managing in Nursing, starting on/around page 52.  Identify the task and then write your example from practice. Since the example is from your practice, it does not need cited for this worksheet.


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