Nurses Who Teach Lead Best

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, October 16, 2012

In nursing, news and trends happening in other industries can slip under the radar. It's easy to see why. Healthcare is different in from other industries in various ways, from the heavy regulations, to complex work schedules, to the "life or death" circumstances that accompany every single workday.

But I recently read about a leadership study that merits attention from workers in every industry, including nursing.

A working paper from researchers at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the University of Utah called "The Value of Bosses" finds that good front-line supervisors are directly correlated to worker productivity. Not only that, but study identified a trait that separates good bosses from poor ones: Teaching.

Researchers looked at workers in technology-based service jobs where computers measure their output every hour. Daily output was measured for 23,878 workers matched to 1,940 bosses over 5 years from 2006 to 2010, resulting in nearly 6 million measurements.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.


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