Nursing at Penn Medicine

Transformational Leadership

Transformational leadership is a well-studied leadership style that promotes innovative problem solving to move an organization forward and energize employees by:

  • providing a clear vision
  • creating high standards of accountability
  • respecting each individual as an intellectual

Why Does Transformational Leadership Matter?

Today’s health care environment is evolving dramatically, and with unprecedented change comes unprecedented challenges. Forward-thinking, visionary and engaged clinicians will be among the transformational leaders who help to solve health care’s new and existing problems.

How is Transformational Leadership Implemented at Penn?

Penn nurses are visionary and strategic thinkers integral to innovation at Penn Medicine. Penn nurses are empowered. They employ their professional knowledge to identify areas of necessary change and take action to achieve change. Autonomy and accountability form the core of professional self-actualization at Penn.

Penn nurses engage in transformational leadership through:

  • Clinical work
  • Shared governance
  • Administrative roles
  • Community outreach
  • Clinical inquiry
  • Professional development
  • Coaching and mentoring