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Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2009 EDITORIAL Publishing and Leadership: What’s the Connection? If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams R ecently I attended a leadership conference sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the American Academy of Nursing. The annual event is held for the pre- and postdoctoral scholars and fellows, along with their mentors, to assist them in building leadership skills for careers in science and academia. Among my duties there, I served on a panel of nurse editors; we were asked to discuss the connection between publishing and leadership. I am sharing my thoughts on the subject with the readership of RTNP, as many of you aspire to leadership in these same arenas. Three commonly accepted “truths” about leadership shaped my response: • Leaders have a vision—knowing where to go, what success looks like, and how to get there. • Leadership is context dependent—leaders emerge from the pool of potential con- tenders because they know what is needed and how to address a particular issue in a particular place as it is occurring. • The most successful leaders enable themselves, together with others, to change or transform the situation such that better answers to tomorro
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