Situational Leadership Theory in Emergency Care

Thesis statement: Application of situational leadership theory in emergency care units can help in conflict management.

Alrobai, T. (2021). The impact of nurse leaders/managers leadership style on job satisfaction and burnout among qualified nurses: A systematic review. IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science, 9(1), 17-41. Web.

This article evaluates the most effective leadership style that nurse managers or leaders can apply to prevent burnout and enhance job satisfaction among nurses. The author studied different styles, including transactional leadership, transformational leadership, situational leadership, and laissez-faire leadership. Alrobai acknowledges that reduced job satisfaction and burnout are among other factors contributing to conflicts in various healthcare units, including the emergency department. Therefore, leadership adopted by managers can significantly influence the level of conflict management in emergency care units.

This article explains different aspects of situational leadership style and its impacts on healthcare. Leaders or managers adopt the style to manage varying situations prevailing in their departments by establishing open communication channels. Additionally, most managers use this leadership style to respond to different circumstances, improving the overall working environment. While this article assesses several leadership styles and does not directly address how they impact conflict management, it better understands situational leadership in healthcare. Therefore, it is relevant to current research because it will help explain different aspects of situational leadership and how they can be beneficial in managing conflict in emergency care units.

Alsaqqa, H. (2020). The situational leadership for the three realities of healthcare organizations (A perspective view). Journal of Health Systems and Policies, 2(2), 230-247.

This article explains situational leadership’s benefit in fitting in healthcare organizations’ realities. Alsaqqa notes that leaders in healthcare organizations develop new leadership styles due to problematic scenarios and changing situational variables. Additionally, there is no single leadership style appropriate for any circumstances. Thus, situational leadership is the newest concept that managers use to address issues in their departments. The application of this leadership style depends on such factors as interpersonal group relationship, the job, organizational culture, and team characteristics. The technique allows leaders to respond to potential advantages of participatory tactics to decision-making and know when they should make decisions independently.

According to situational leadership theory, managers should adapt their technique depending on current skills, readiness, and their teams, enjoying the flexibility to evaluate prevailing situations using the appropriate leadership style. The latter helps leaders face rapid and dramatic changes in healthcare institutions, which are potential conflicts. The article will benefit the current research since it provides detailed information about situational leadership and its advantage in addressing issues that are potential source to conflicts in emergency care units.

Bunin, J., Chung, K., & Mount, C. (2021). Ten leadership principles from the military applied to critical care. ATS Scholar, 1-10. Web.

This article evaluates various leadership principles from the military that apply to critical care. The practice delegation is one of the principles that the authors assess from the perspective of situational leadership. Bunin, Chung, and Mount note that leaders coach and mentor their subordinates to develop individuals with whom they can confidently delegate responsibilities. Situational leadership approach allows managers to shift from coaching (highly directive and supportive) to delegating tactic that relies on competence and skills as they develop capable and committed staff. Effective responsibility delegation in healthcare allows leaders to focus on more critical and complicated tasks that demand higher expertise while establishing accountability and job satisfaction in their team members.

Selection of correct tasks to delegate and trustworthy staff, remaining engaged at a suitable level, seeking commitment, and ensuring effective communication are essential elements that situational leaders should employ to guarantee successful delegation. These factors can also help in managing conflicts in healthcare organizations. This article is beneficial to current research since it will help in explaining situational leadership tactics that managers in emergency care units can use to control conflicts.

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