High Altitude Leadership and the Humanbecoming Leading-Following Model An Executive Director’s Perspective

Damgaard, G. (2012). High Altitude Leadership and the Humanbecoming Leading-Following Model: An Executive Director’s Perspective. Nursing Science Quarterly, October 2012 25: 370-373, doi:10.1177/0894318412457062

Abstract: The concept of high altitude leadership and the humanbecoming leading-following model are explored from the perspective of the Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Nursing. The humanbecoming essentials inherent in leading: commitment to a vision, willingness to risk, and reverence for others, are discussed in relation to high altitude leadership concepts that illuminate the risks, dangers, and patterns for surviving the threats that may surface along the journey of leading.

Excerpt: The position of Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Nursing is one in which considerable responsibility and authority resides. It is a position of leadership that requires expert knowledge in the regulation of the nursing profession. This expertise is often obtained experientially through an appointment or election to serve as a member of a Board of Nursing or through employment as a staff member within a state agency responsible for the regulatory oversight of nurse practitioners, nursing practice, and nursing education. A question that surfaces for individuals who hold these titled leadership positions in nursing is: How does one develop the necessary skill in leading in addition to the nursing and regulatory knowledge base needed to serve effectively? This column is written from the perspective of the Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Nursing who has served in this position over the past 10 years. Leadership from this perspective is a personal journey that is highly influenced by the humanbecoming school of thought authored by Parse (2007). In particular, the three essentials inherent in leading: “commitment to a vision,” “willingness to risk,” and “reverence for others” (Parse, 1997, p. 109) form the foundation for the author’s personal journey in leading this Board of Nursing.

 

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(Something interesting I found)Posted:Oct 01 2012, 12:00 AM by brendah
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