The Transformational Leadership Theory suggests that transformational leaders are visionaries and inspire change in people they lead- the leadership style is a process that changes people. Transformation can occur in follower’s values, long-term goals, standards and ethics, and emotions. This theory takes into consideration the “Four I’s”: Idealized influence (leaders act as a role model and set the standard); Inspirational Motivation (leaders use visions of shared responsibility and togetherness); Intellectual stimulation (leaders stimualte creativity); and Individualized consideration (leaders provide support and understanding, and personally invest in their lives and careers). All of these factors will inspire team members to follow the vision of the leader, which can improve morale and unify team members (Galli, 2016).
Interprofessional Education (IPE) helps strengthen healthcare systems and improves outcomes because it relies on a team-based system to provide safe and competent care. Educational programs often are behind what is done in actual practice, and thus new nurses may not be prepared to work in the environments in which they are assigned to. Nurse educators must work with other disciplines in the health care field to ensure that proper training is done in a meaningful way to ensure the opportunity to practice within certain environments is met (National League of Nursing, 2015).
SBAR assists in helping to provide effective communication because it is a clear and concise way to present information- to ensure that each piece of important information is handed off between the healthcare professionals interacting with the patient. This mechanism of communication helps to ensure continuity of care.
The ideal interprofessional team would have a leader who has a clear vision of what is needed to get the job done efficiently and effectively, without micromanaging others. Other members of the team all play and part- the nurse, the provider, the social worker, the other members of the interdisciplinary team. I believe an effective leader is one who doesn’t just care about compliance- but who motivates the other members of the team to want to do better and have genuine enthusiasm- who inspires the team to not just do a job well but to do it with passion. This style of leadership instills trust and real dedication among its team members. The team should establish common goals to work towards, and appropriate roles and functions should be assigned to each member of the team.
Galli, B. (2016). A shared leadership approach to transformational leadership theory: Analysis of research methods and philosophies. International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences (IJSDS), 7(3), 1-37. doi:10.4018/IJSDS.2016070101
NLN Board of Governers (2015, December). Interprofessional Collaboration in Education and Practice\; A Living Document from the National League for Nursing. National League of Nursing. Retrieved from http://www.nln.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/ipe-ipp-vision.pdf?sfvrsn=14.