Feature| Volume 20, ISSUE 1, P52-55, February 2022

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Disruptive Leadership

Making Waves, Thriving When It Is Hard to Be a Leader
Published:November 26, 2021DOI:


      Over the last 2 years, nursing leaders have operated in a fluid and disruptive environment, constantly adapting to changes in the workplace. The global pandemic challenged these leaders on various fronts: workforce, technology, and regulatory, threatening the status quo of traditional orderly change. Factors external to organizations and a highly contagious disease were forcing rapid hourly and daily changes. Today, nursing leader skills are also morphing, requiring a revisit of the competencies needed for visionary leadership. Traditional models of leadership need to shift from transformational to disruptive. This article reviews and offers suggestions for competencies needed in the future by nurse leaders.
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      Noreen B. Brennan, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, is the Chief Nursing Officer at NYC H+H/Metropolitan in New York City, New York. She is also Adjunct Faculty at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY and also serves on the board for the New York Organziation for Nurse Executives and Leaders (NYONEL). Dr. Brennan is a member of the Coldiron Senior Nurse Executive Fellowship at Case Wstern Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing- Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy. She can be reached at [email protected]