Transformational and transactional styles in the management of conflicts and crisis within the health units should be encouraged in order to build the relationship between nurse managers and staff nurses in hospitals. Transformational leadership is the process in which a leader and his subject contributes in raising one another morally while transactional leadership is the process that includes a dimension of a reward involving economic exchange to meet the need of the subject. Leadership styles in nursing management can be regarded to be effective if the management is able to retain the registered nurses by good personality patterns in the organizational development. This enable nurses to work in a stress free environment and acquire job satisfaction (Grossman and Valiga, 2000). Job dissatisfaction among the staff nurses encroach with the unpopular leadership of nurse managers that lacks transformational and transactional styles. Thus, hinder relationship and spirit of unity in the hospital setting (Whitley & Putzier, 1994).
In order to raise the standards of health practices, these leadership styles must be embraced in hospitals. Consequently, we shall have nurses who are proud of their job. Such nurses deliver high quality patient care. During my visit to Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden I learnt that leadership style affects the performance of an organization. I found a head nurse who has laid down strategies to ensure that every staff nurse has a sense of belonging in the hospital. She uses transformational leadership style to curb conflict and violent behaviors in patients where she is open to the nurses and shares her life experiences and challenges in the career (Sellgren & Ekvall, 2006). As a result, her staff is productive because of emulating their boss. Furthermore, she is focusing on the transactional leadership style which does not require personality traits but uses situations to bring out a positive result. The two styles if used together in management of nursing will improve nursing practice by enhancing job satisfaction, better health care and promote good working relationship between managers and staff nurses.