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Blog spotlight: Shape relationships by showing off your personal side

Nurse Leader Insider, December 22, 2008

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Most interpersonal relationships in organizations are position-to-position relationships, rather than person-to-person relationships. Managers often speak in the role as the "boss" and they are treated as such. Their titles are splashed on their doors, desks, and business cards, all referring to their power position. The meaning behind this is "I want you to respect my position, regardless of who I am as a person."

The trouble with being a position rather than a person is that if you talk to staff in your role, you tend to reform your statements, censor your feelings, and cover your tracks to tell them what you think they need to know. But if you speak to staff as a person, you will trust your instincts, tell them how you feel, share the whole story, and take responsibility for who you are—both as a person and as a leader.

The following are some quick tips you can practice to become more personal in your role as a nurse manager:

  • Never sit behind a desk when you conduct an interview
  • Frequently ask staff what their concerns are and tell them yours

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