With the current economic situations, leaders at Skilled Nursing Facilities are beginning to focus their attention on the need for effective leadership. The Bass model of transformational leadership offers these healthcare leaders the opportunity to directly impact on outcomes in the Skilled Nursing Facilities. This study examined the relationship between the leadership behaviors of Nursing Facility Administrators as perceived by the Directors of Nursing through the Directors of Nursing’s self-reported willingness to exert extra effort, perceptions of the administrators overall leadership effectiveness, and satisfaction with the administrator. This study used the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire 5X Short Rater form developed by Bass and Avolio (1997) as the source of data collection. The 45-item question instrument was administered to the study sample which is comprise of profit, nonprofit, private, hospital based, and government-owned skilled-nursing facilities in the state of Georgia. The analyses of data were performed through a descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Based on the survey results, there was general agreement among administrators and Directors of Nursing who thought their administrators were more transformational than transactional. This study showed that there is positive relationship between the transformational leadership style of administrators and the Directors of Nursing willingness to exert extra effort, perceptions of the administrators overall leadership effectiveness, and satisfaction with the administrator. The transformational leadership style produced the greatest effects on the outcome variables of extra effort, effectiveness, and satisfaction with this sample population. The findings from the current study indicated that the MLQ5X was more reliable for Directors of Nursing than for administrators. This implies that the instrument is more reliable for raters than for leaders. Moreover, how leaders are perceived by others is a better reflection of their leadership qualities than how leaders perceive themselves. This gives the researcher substantial confidence in the obtained results since the inferential statistical analyses were conducted on the leaders from the raters’ perspectives.
|Subjects||Management; Health care management|
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