I chose to review the seventh chapter of John Bowling’s book, where the author describes the importance of balance between leaders’ aims and the collective ones. Bowling (2011) states that: “grace-full leadership is “high touch” in at least four dimensions: staying in touch with yourself, the internal and external environment in which you must function, those whom you lead, and God” (p. 156). Each value is described in detail with useful outcomes to apply in different life occasions throughout the chapter.
Leadership is personal and requires a high level of self-awareness that makes it possible to encourage other people. Moreover, it is crucial to avoid sacrificing yourself for the team’s goals as it will make a person ineffective as a leader. Staying in touch with an inner self means to evaluate moods and reactions, reflect, and pay attention to physical symptoms (Bowling, 2011). The environment is another “high touch” of leadership as it must be considered while building strategies. To stay connected with that dimension, a person needs to communicate and expand their sources of information about multiple topics (Bowling, 2011). A leader must review internal and external circumstances to have new ideas and adapt the team if the changes occur.
The followers are crucial for the leader, and that “high touch” requires constant attention to people’s experiences, values, and expectations. The grace-full leader must stay connected to whom they manage and nurture their willingness to work and live happily (Bowling, 2011). It is challenging to maintain a balanced mind without faith, therefore it is the “high touch” necessary for effective leadership. Bowling (2011) claims that “leaders must tune in and keep moving closer to God” (p. 159). Evaluating the environment, personal and team goals with the lens of Christian values can help set the right leadership priorities.
The chapter reveals the necessity of considering multiple leadership factors, and I can apply them in my nursing practice in situations that require my responsibility. With patients and their families, I can introduce myself as an effective leader if I actively listen to them, pay attention to the environment of their lives and current circumstances, and remain faithful in God’s will. Moreover, it is vital to stay aware of my inner voice as it can help me make difficult and responsible decisions that impact people around me.
Bowling, John C. (2011). Grace‑full leadership: Understanding the heart of a Christian. Beacon Hill Press.