This discussion focused on how nurses work to increase the competencies of other team members. We agreed that everyone works better if they are empowered and allowed to work autonomously. Empowered teams accomplish more than a team that is micromanaged. In this way, as leaders empower individuals, the capacity of the team increases overall. Actions described in Kouzes and Posner’s (2017) work, which include trusting staff first and prioritizing relationship building with team members, were behaviors that high-performing leaders demonstrate as they create a climate of trust. Part of a climate of trust is a genuine interest in other people’s lives outside the workplace because relationship building, especially when it is sincere, builds trust (de Montigny et al., 2017).
Leaders who establish a foundation of trust and build relationships with their team are well prepared to develop people’s competencies. Choices for how work is completed, opportunities for advancement, positive reinforcement, constructive feedback, accountability, and situational leadership were all ways we suggested that leaders can develop competence and confidence in their constituents (Dye, 2017; Kouzes & Pozner, 2017; Lynch et al., 2017). The desire to develop one’s self can vary from formal training to informal personal development. Still, the importance of leadership to foster development was essential: if people are not given the opportunity to grow, they will either shut down or leave. Support for nurses overall is critical to reducing the “we eat our young” reputation. Unsupported, disempowered, and burnt-out nurses are not equipped to support new nurses (Heaslip, 2019; Ted Talks, 2016).
For leaders to become most powerful, create a climate of trust, and facilitate relationships, leaders must exemplify trust and allow for their employees to feel capable, encouraged, and like they have control (Kouzes & Posner, 2017). Additionally, leaders need to hold themselves accountable and lead by their own words and actions (Kouzes & Posner, 2017). To develop people’s competencies and foster their confidence, leaders should offer appropriate resources, praise hard work, and be present to his or her employees. For the third question, we all contributed many great suggestions to foster both competency and confidence that can all provide us with strong skills, as a doctorally prepared nurse. Nurses eating their young mainly stems from more seasoned nurses treating younger and new nurses as demeaning or essentially bullying them. As Dee states, consequences of nurses eating their young, can be a reduced team collaboration, negative effects on mental health, and poor productivity, employee engagement, and commitment (Gillespie et al., 2017). Overall, in order to change this norm and create a positive environment, leaders should be involved with their team therefore, leaders are aware of the day-to-day in the workplace. In conclusion, each member brought many great conversation points and resources for this discussion board. Each member along with the rest of the class can take these resources and utilize the discussion in current and future practice.