Visionary Leadership in Healthcare

Visionary Leadership in Healthcare equips leaders to transform the current healthcare system to achieve a global, life-sustaining perspective by calling for a move away from hierarchical leadership to more engaged, inclusive, and caring leadership styles.
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Awarded first place in the 2022 AJN Book of the Year Awards in Nursing Management and Leadership.

Wei & Horton-Deutsch have used their voices—and those of an immensely talented pool of coauthors—to write a book that actually leads us toward developing and sustaining visionary leadership, one that supplies us with the necessary passion to engage. This text belongs on the bookshelf of all thoughtful and compassionate leaders and will be the go-to resource for emerging healthcare leaders!

Judith F. Karshmer, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Dean and Professor, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Chief Wellness Officer
Arizona State University

The pandemic has proven to be a pivotal time in the history of healthcare... Visionary Leadership in Healthcare will be an invaluable resource for the healthcare community and facilitate our kuleana (responsibility) to lead with inspiration, hope, and resilience.

Kelly M. Johnson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, System Chief Nurse Executive, and Chief Nursing Officer
The Queen’s Medical Center

A must-read for all nursing academics teaching leadership practice and all executive healthcare leaders to reach a more reflective, intentional leadership presence.

Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Associate Dean and Professor
George Washington University School of Nursing

Doody 5-stars!

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Score: 2.73/3 (Nursing - Theory)

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The book far exceeds any other texts that are current and relevant to issues facing healthcare leaders today amid a pandemic and social unrest.

Sheba Ann Luke, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, NEA-BC

Visionary Leadership in Healthcare equips and empowers leaders to envision, expand, and transform the current healthcare system to achieve a global, life-sustaining perspective. Drawing on decades of experience, authors Holly Wei and Sara Horton-Deutsch embrace an evolved worldview as they call to move away from hierarchical leadership to more engaged, open, equitable, inclusive, authentic, and caring leadership styles.

This book provides an overview of leadership theories from ancient times to the present and a framework for applying emergent theories to develop adaptive, relational leaders. It also explores the factors necessary to create and sustain healthy workplace environments for patients and practitioners. Areas for innovation include:

• The evolution of leadership theories
• Disaster management
• Diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Organizational culture and collaboration
• Policy change
• Political and social determinants of health


Chapter 1: The Evolution of Leadership Theories
Chapter 2: Global Perspectives on the Evolution of Nursing Leadership
Chapter 3: Transcending Leadership and Redefining Success
Chapter 4: Developing Effective Leadership Skills and Capacity
Chapter 5: Nurturing Healthy and Healing Work Environments
Chapter 6: Leadership Roles in Promoting a Resilient Workforce
Chapter 7: Leadership Roles in Mitigating Organizational Trauma
Chapter 8: Healthcare Leadership in Planetary and Environmental Health
Chapter 9: Quantum Caring Leadership: A New Ontology Into Practice
Chapter 10: Caring Science–Informed Leadership
Chapter 11: Promoting Exceptional Patient Experience Through Compassionate Connected Care
Chapter 12: Applying Complexity Science in Promoting Community and Population Health
Chapter 13: Assembling a Unifying Force: Interprofessional Collaboration to Improve Healthcare
Chapter 14: Leadership in Disaster Preparedness and Response
Chapter 15: Nursing Leadership in the Global Health Context
Chapter 16: Healthcare Leadership in Promoting the Use of Evidence
Chapter 17: Wisdom Leadership: A Developmental Journey
Chapter 18: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education and Health Systems
Chapter 19: Transforming Health Policy
Chapter 20: Leadership in Social and Political Determinants of Health
Chapter 21: Creating a Connected World: A Call to Ethics of Face and Belonging

Available On The Sigma Repository

  • Chapter 2: Global Perspectives on the Evolution of Nursing Leadership
  • Facilitator Guide
  • Learner Activities Workbook
  • Extended author bios

These free downloads are available on the Sigma Repository.

About the Authors

Holly Wei, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is a Professor and Assistant Dean for the PhD program at the University of Louisville School of Nursing. Her research focuses on healthcare organizational culture, leadership development, clinician well-being, and patient care quality.

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF, is a Caritas Coach, a Professor, and the Director of the Kaiser Permanente/USF Partnership at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she mentors the next generation of nursing leaders through the lens of Caring Science and values-based leadership.