A concept analysis of self-leadership: The “bleeding edge” in nursing leadership

Nompumelelo Ntshingila, Charlene Downing, Marie Hastings-Tolsma

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Aim: To explore the concept of self-leadership in nursing. Self-leadership, while frequently referenced, has not been clearly defined in either the literature or within nursing. Design: Common language sources were reviewed, along with literature searched from 2017 to 2019 using seven electronic databases: CINAHL, EbscoHost, Sabinet, ScienceDirect, ProQuest, Nexus, and Academic Complete. Database searches yielded 10 articles. Review Methods: Walker and Avant's method of concept analysis was modified, as suggested by Risjord. Results: Reviews of the broad literature demonstrated that self-leadership is the creation of a space for the individual with self-awareness to live a better self through reflective consciousness. The multidimensionality of work and blurring of boundaries between work and living has prompted the individual to understand their own qualities or abilities. The individual has a true sense of who they are and what they think and feel. This shift in leadership refocuses on a more desirable way of living and envelopes being a master of one's own destiny. Conclusion: Analytic work provides support for a middle-range explanatory theory that engenders self-awareness, taking the lead, and personal satisfaction. Explication of the concept and the relevance to professional nursing gives direction for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-412
Number of pages9
JournalNursing Forum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021


  • concept analysis
  • nursing
  • reflective consciousness
  • self-awareness
  • self-leadership
  • walker and avant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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