Write what you need to read. That’s what folks say when they get sick of hearing you complain that no one is talking about the thing you are interested in.
Since I became a nurse over 15 years ago, I have been inhaling books, articles, podcasts and videos about leadership styles and how to apply them. I’ve also wanted to read about nurses and doctors who have struggled to become a nurses and doctors, struggled to stay in nursing and medicine and about nurses and doctors who want to improve their experience of nursing and medicine, work and patients’ experiences of healthcare. Secretly, I have always wanted to read about other nurses and healthcare leaders like me who love their patients, their work, their healthcare organizations and believe in our healthcare system.
So, I went to grad school and wrote what a needed to read: a thesis defining what kind of leadership that keeps me engaged in my profession, my practice and my patients, colleagues, friends and family. After writing it, I realized that I couldn’t be the only one who needed to read about it so decided I needed to share it with you and the global nursing and medical community.
And here it is: This is a blog about love-led leadership.
This blog will explore love-led leadership, its characteristics, where we see and don’t see love-led leadership, the risks to ourselves and our patients when we don’t show up as love-led leaders personally, at the bedside or in the boardrooms and how love-led leadership can fundamentally change our practice and personal lives. It will also explore burnout, our mental health and current issues in healthcare.
Sheena is a proud positive deviant, status quo questioner and change agent. Sheena uses love-led leadership and the be LOVE-LED™ Framework in mentoring, coaching, and consulting emerging or existing leaders to move themselves, their teams and their organizations toward positive change. She has seen love-led leadership actions reduce and reverse the cycle of fear, shame, blame, and guilt that create burnout and imposter syndrome. Sheena has witnessed the devastating effects when love-led leadership isn’t used by leaders and never wants to see that again. She is the Founder of The Global Love-Led Leadership Movement which strives to share love-led leadership around the world and connect other love-led leaders with each other for networking and mentorship.