Leadership Modeling

Leaders, including direct managers, are encouraged to model and become proficient in wellness practices, growth principles, and leadership qualities to establish professional norms. Such modeling could include: (1)

  • Relational competencies (communication skills, approachability, empathy, visibility, etc.) (2)
  • Advanced resilience skills (self-monitoring, decompression activities, self-advocacy, social connections, etc.) (3,4)
  • Ethical and safety promoting qualities (5)
  • Cognitive reframing, vulnerability, desire to develop self, embrace challenges, and welcome feedback (6)

Once leaders have developed their own capacity to consistently model intentional well-being through these practices, principles, skills, and qualities, they can inspire and empower others to create more functional supportive work environments. (4,6)


  1. Hughes, M. T., & Rushton, C. H. (2022, February 23). Ethics and Well-Being: The Health Professions and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Academic Medicine, 97(3S), S98–S103. https://doi.org/10.1097/acm.0000000000004524
  2. Medeiros, M. (2022, June). Nurse manager succession planning for unit health and well-being. Nursing Management, 53(6), 41–43. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.numa.0000831436.38442.a8
  3. Morganstein, J. C., & Flynn, B. W. (2021, March 11). Enhancing Psychological Sustainment & Promoting Resilience in Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 & Beyond. Journal of Occupational &Amp; Environmental Medicine, 63(6), 482–489. https://doi.org/10.1097/jom.0000000000002184
  4. Bernard, N. (2019, February). Resilience and Professional Joy: A Toolkit for Nurse Leaders. Nurse Leader, 17(1), 43–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2018.09.007
  5. Irshad, M., Majeed, M., & Khattak, S. A. (2021, June 21). The Combined Effect of Safety Specific Transformational Leadership and Safety Consciousness on Psychological Well-Being of Healthcare Workers. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.688463
  6. Markey, K., Ventura, C. A. A., Donnell, C. O., & Doody, O. (2020, November 6). Cultivating ethical leadership in the recovery of COVID‐19. Journal of Nursing Management, 29(2), 351–355. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13191