Leadership and Development 

Fostering Personal Power During Change

Jan Jones-Schenk, DHSc, RN, NE-BC

Abstract

Managing change is a regular part of the role of professional development leaders. This overview of a model for change management includes the review of a tool leaders can use with their teams for understanding, discussing, and reflecting on change. Kotter's change model emphasizes the importance of personal empowerment within the process. Effective change agents recognize the value of diverse teams, different ways of thinking, and the transformative nature of change.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):343–344

Authors

Dr. Jones-Schenk is National Director, College of Health Professions, and Chief Nursing Officer, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Jan Jones-Schenk, DHSc, RN, NE-BC, National Director, College of Health Professions, and Chief Nursing Officer, Western Governors University, 4001 So. 700 East, Suite 700, Salt Lake City, UT 84107; e-mail: jjonesschenk@wgu.edu.

10.3928/00220124-20170712-03

Managing change is a regular part of the role of professional development leaders. This overview of a model for change management includes the review of a tool leaders can use with their teams for understanding, discussing, and reflecting on change. Kotter's change model emphasizes the importance of personal empowerment within the process. Effective change agents recognize the value of diverse teams, different ways of thinking, and the transformative nature of change.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(8):343–344

Dr. Jones-Schenk is National Director, College of Health Professions, and Chief Nursing Officer, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Jan Jones-Schenk, DHSc, RN, NE-BC, National Director, College of Health Professions, and Chief Nursing Officer, Western Governors University, 4001 So. 700 East, Suite 700, Salt Lake City, UT 84107; e-mail: jjonesschenk@wgu.edu.

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