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Keywords:

  • culture change;
  • older people;
  • person-centred practice;
  • residential care;
  • situational leadership

lynch b.m.,McCormack b. &McCance t. (2011) Journal of Nursing Management19, 1058–1069 Development of a model of situational leadership in residential care for older people

Aim  The aim of the present study was to present the process used to develop a composite model of situational leadership enacted within a person-centred nursing framework in residential care.

Background  Transforming the culture of the residential unit from a restrictive institution to a vibrant community of older adults requires transformational leadership. Situational leadership is one form of transformational leadership, which claims that there is not one leadership style that works in all situations.

Method  A model of situational leadership in residential care was developed through a series of systematic steps that identified direct linkages between situational leadership and the main constructs of the Person-Centred Nursing Framework. The process included reviewing the evidence, undertaking a comparative analysis, identifying key concepts, connecting the concepts and developing a model.

Conclusion  A conceptual model is presented which integrates person-centredness with leadership thinking in order to effectively impact on the follower’s performance in managing the care environment and delivering person-centred care.

Implications for Nursing Management  Currently the model is being utilized in an action research study to evaluate the role of leaders in the practice setting of long-term care. While some of the connecting concepts have been identified in the present study, more work needs to be done to unravel these connections in further study of leaders in practice.