Servant Leadership and Moral Courage in Canadian Nursing
This book explored the empirical works on servant leadership, and underscored the qualities of servant leadership such as: empathy, listening, awareness, healing, conceptualization, stewardship, persuasion, foresight, building community and commitment to the growth of people, as better aligned with the values of Canadian nursing practice among other leadership styles and theories. Although the origin of the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1977, it is a fundamental flaw not to mention that the qualities and values of servant leadership model have been in existence in nursing from time immemorial. The philosophy of servant leadership is not fundamentally and essentially both distant and distinct from what nurses do in their care of patients. Since servant leadership is grounded in ethical and moral principles, this book explored the practicality and the relevancy of servant leadership, as well as the role of moral courage in creating healthy workplace that could transform both Canadian nursing practice and Canadian healthcare system.
Lawrence has degrees in philosophy, theology and nursing, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Johnson University School of Business and Public Leadership, Tennessee, USA. Lawrence is a registered nurse with passion and extensive years of experience in the areas of mental health and addictions. As a rational and compassionate caregiver, the philosophy of servant leadership and collaborative problem solving, inform and influence the lens of my practice. As a curious investigator, I perceive phenomenology as both a way of life, and an appropriate nursing research methodology. I appreciate the uniqueness of individual experience. I believe that everyone has a narrative and a story to tell, and as such, through thoughtful deliberations, insights could be obtained and shared.
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