Describe the fundamental principles of servant leadership

Servant Leadership in Nursing

In nursing practice, servant leadership entails developing a relationship-oriented leadership where the leader focuses on followers to ensure their well-being (Neville et al. 2021). As such, the main aim of a servant leader is to ensure that those whom they are serving grow and that while being served, they are freer, more autonomous, healthier and wiser. Therefore, a fundamental principle of servant leadership in nursing is leading by example.

Describe the fundamental principles of servant leadership

In a sense, nurse leaders play a significant role in healthcare provision because they take part in the decision-making process of care (Best, 2020). This calls for nurse leaders to subscribe to various qualities of servant leadership that would enable them to effectively communicate with other professionals and influence care.

For instance, Neville et al. (2021) argue that a servant leader must have good listening skills because in a multidisciplinary care setting, they need to listen to the staff’s needs and help them with decision-making. Therefore, good listening skills are important promoting interprofessional communication within the care setting. Leaders with good listening skills actively listen to the opinions and contributions of each member of the care team and evaluates how those contributions can enhance effective and efficient decision-making within the care setting.

The other attribute of a servant leader that is important in nursing leadership is commitment to growth of people. As per Best (2020), a servant leader should strive to include all the staff and value everyone in the interprofessional team. Such leaders constantly attempt to maximize the strength of the team members as a means of enhancing their skills and capabilities for effective service delivery.

As discussed above, nursing philosophy of servant leadership enhances individual-centered approach to influence and empower others. It promotes accomplishment and pride while eliminating a sense of beleaguering within the workplace. Ultimately, the interprofessional team can collaborate towards enhancing better patient outcomes.


  • Best, C. (2020). Is there a place for servant leadership in nursing?. Practice Nursing, 31(3), 128
  • Neville, K., Conway, K., Maglione, J., Connolly, K. A., Foley, M., & Re, S. (2021).
  • Understanding Servant Leadership in Nursing: A Concept Analysis. International Journal for Human Caring. DOI: 10.20467/HumanCaring-D-20-00022