Effective health care in the 21st century will require holistic leadership. As the nation’s largest health care professional group, nursing plays a major role in the development and structuring of a more effective health care system. Creating and leading an intelligent organization requires intelligent leaders-managers-followers. Intelligent organizations are ones that optimize their intellectual capital, or collective infinite wisdom. Working environments in general, and health care organizations in particular, are changing rapidly and nonlinearly. This requires a paradigm shift in the way we explore the process of leadership. Considering leadership as a process and not a product, future nurse leaders need to be nurtured in a learning environment where innovation and creativity are encouraged, supported, and valued. The infinity theory of leadership and the Trinity Paradigm of Intelligence (TPI) are ideal frameworks for preparing these future health care leaders. While the focus of many management schools and leadership trainings has been on developing cognitive aspects of a leader, “emotional” intelligence has recently gained recognition as an important characteristic of effective leaders. Indeed, the cognitive and emotional aspects of intelligence are a leader’s intellectual capital, though optimal functioning of both requires a connecting link: the transpersonal component. More and more health care organizations are changing from hierarchical to network organizations. The infinity theory of leadership models a unique leadership strategy, which, by capitalizing on its essence (interdependence), supports and strengthens strategic alliances and promotes interdependence among individuals, organizations, and systems. Unlike other relationships, interdependent relationships require exchanges of energy, information, and ideas that lead to entropy, evolution of the system, and evolution of individual units. Tapping into the collective wisdom and energy of such organizations can provide infinite opportunities for growth, creativity, increased productivity, and innovation.
|Keywords:||Leadership Theory, Organizational Behavior, Intelligence|
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Department of Adult Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
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