Inspire Nurse Leaders

Coaching for Nurse Leaders

The Importance of Coaching in High-Pressure Positions

A special thanks to Jarvis T. Gray, MHA, FACHE, CMQ-OE, CLSSMBB, PMP for having me on his latest podcast, where we covered a lot of ground. Our journeys are not about the destination, they are about what we learn and whom we meet along the way. We are always stronger together, and that means seeking out peers, mentors, and coaches to support us in our challenging times.

As a nurse leader and seasoned chief nurse, I have led thousands of nurses. On a daily basis we are involved in critical decision making and direction setting situations. During those high-pressure situations I looked to my coaches to help me see objectively, strategize, and take action. A coach is your safe, confidential and trusted guide who helps you be your best so that you can best serve your teams.

Some of the main benefits leaders see from working with coaches:

  • Increased confidence
  • Safe, confidential, and trusted guidance
  • Powerful teamwork and more effective communication
  • Increased productivity of you and your team
  • Stronger relationships with co-workers

In Episode #107 of the podcast we discuss career transitions, overcoming adversity, the benefits of leadership coaching and encouraging the leadership mindset.

It’s not all fond reminiscing – we also cover a dark moment in my professional life. A story that teaches us that in times of adversity it is essential to seek out opportunities to learn, grow, and innovate.

What role are you playing in transformation? Even small efforts can have a big impact on your team and your organization, especially now, when the pressure on leaders seems higher than ever.

I am challenging every nurse manager, director, and executive to look for those opportunities and lead the current transformation. But you don’t have to go it alone, coaches are trained to help leaders identify opportunities and make effective plans to lead. So draw on your coaches for support, and if you don’t have a coach, seek one out – you may be surprised at what opportunities you find!

If you’re interested in hearing more listen to the full episode. If you’d like to join in the conversation with other like-minded individuals – you can do so here.

I hope you find the amazing opportunities that appear when you challenge yourselves and your teams.

Lori Armstrong DNP, RN NEA-BC

CEO & Chief Clinical Officer

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