Authentic leadership among nursing professionals: knowledge and profile

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Silva Demoro Mondini, Cleide Carolina da
Kowal Olm Cunha, Isabel Cristina
Trettene, Armando dos Santos
Bertoncello Fontes, Cassiana Mendes [UNESP]
Bachega, Maria Irene
Ravagnani Cintra, Flavia Maria

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Assoc Brasileira Enfermagem


Objectives: to identify the knowledge of nursing professionals about leadership models and evaluate the authentic leadership profile among them. Methods: analytical study, conducted between August and December 2015, involving 84 nursing professionals working in a public and tertiary hospital. We used two instruments: Sociodemographic Questionnaire with questions about leadership and the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire. Results: both nurses and nursing technicians were unaware of authentic leadership. Both pointed to communication, planning, and organization as competencies of the leader (n = 58, 95%). Regarding the authentic leadership profile, we observed that the score was high among nurses and low among technicians. Holding a leadership position and professionally upgrading has positively influenced the highest-profile of authentic leadership. Conclusions: nurses demonstrated to know behavioral leadership, while nursing technicians showed knowledge about situational leadership. Nurses had a high score of authentic leadership behaviors, while nursing technicians had a low score, but we found no significant difference between them. Holding a leadership position and professionally upgrading has positively influenced the highest profile of authentic leadership.



Leadership, Nursing, Nursing Technicians, Competence, Occupational Nursing

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Revista Brasileira De Enfermagem. Brasilia Df: Assoc Brasileira Enfermagem, v. 73, n. 4, 7 p., 2020.