009 Suzanne Wertman Daring Leadership on NPBusiness.com

009 Suzanne Wertman, MSN, CNM on Daring Leadership

How do you help your leadership team, board, or colleagues improve their ability to communicate? You take a concept, a proven system, and you apply it to your group. You teach, coach, and mentor.

When the topic of leadership in nursing comes up, we often hear and speak about tasks that need doing; we may hear about people, fiscal management, and policy. And while we may listen to the words caring and compassion, it does not go much beyond that.

The 2016 article “Leadership in nursing practice” states in part that “Leaders do more than organize, direct, delegate, and have vision; they use interpersonal skills to help others achieve their highest potential.” (Pullen 2016).

Today’s guest, Suzanne Wertman, MSN, CNM works for her professional organization. She has found that leadership involves a lot of listening, and that self-care goes a long way to increase one’s resilience and emotional intelligence.

What I love about this, is that Suzanne brought outside help to her organization from a non-nurse. She introduced them to Brene Brown and Dare to Lead.

In our conversation, we laugh and nearly cry and you might just find yourself nodding your head and remembering times that you may have shed a tear or two yourself.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,”

Audre Lorde, A Burst of Light and other Essays

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