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Web site spotlight: Diversify your leadership style to motivate multigenerational staff

Nurse Leader Insider, January 26, 2009

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Today's workforce is more generationally diverse than ever before. Thus, today's nurse managers need to vary their approach to effectively lead and motivate staff.

"It's the first time in history that we have had four generations in the workplace [at once], and four generations that have very, very different needs," says Rose Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, director of the Nursing Leadership Institute and assistant professor at Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in Boca Raton, FL. "Nurse managers have to become extremely flexible in their leadership style to navigate this environment."

Conducting a self assessment might be a nurse manager's first step toward attaining flexibility. This enables them to recognize the communication, motivational, and recruitment strategies that worked well for them in the past may not be as efficient today, says Sherman.

In addition, managers must find ways to get staff to work together synergistically, despite their different generational traits, values, and beliefs.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the article, "Diversify your leadership style to motivate multigenerational staff" featured in The Reading Room on HCPro's  online resource center, www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com. Get a free trial membership that will give you 30 days to test drive all the exciting features on the Web site.



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