Leadership is leading the team and providing direction, demonstrating high standards of clinical practice and care, and being considerate about the needs of individual team members. A good leader:
- sets and maintains standards
- supports others
- copes with pressure.
Good leadership is "the ability to motivate and direct those around you to achieve the best outcome for the patient". There is a fine line between 'decisive' but not 'bossy', and 'visible' but not 'controlling'.
Effective Leaders have a high emotional intelligence quotient (EQ). A person with a high EQ knows their own emotions, manages their emotions, self-motivates, recognises and understands others' emotions, and manages relationships – i.e. manage others' emotions.