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Publishing and Leadership: What's the Connection?


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									 Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2009


               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

       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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