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This award-winning text guides nursing graduate students in developing the key skills they need to fulfill emerging leadership roles as our health care system experiences profound change and increasing complexity. The book provides a wealth of critical information, practical tools, creative vision, and inspiration that will help to facilitate leadership at the highest level of clinical practice. This second edition is expanded and updated to incorporate leadership challenges resulting from health care reform, emerging contexts, challenges to the current vision of health care, and innovations that foster leadership development. Two completely new chapters address transformational leadership regarding changing health care perspectives and emerging contexts for health care.The text helps graduate students to master the skills they need to work effectively with interdisciplinary colleagues, address challenges within the confines of budget constraints, and strive to resolve health care disparities and improve outcomes in all settings. With contributions from expert scholars and clinicians in the humanities, natural and social sciences, organizational studies, business, nursing, and other health care sciences, this inspirational text fulfills the DNP Core Competencies as described in the AACN DNP Essentials of DNP Education.New to the Second Edition:Updated and expanded to incorporate new leadership challenges resulting from health care reformExpands the scope of leadership to encompass emerging health care contexts, transformation of vision, and practice innovationsIncludes new chapter addressing transformative leadership vis-a-vis changing health care perspectivesPresents new chapter describing emerging contexts for health care and how one builds a respectful culture in which emerging leaders can thriveUpdated tools, health care paradigms, and leadership inspirationPresents cases in certain chapters and reflective questions in every chapter that helps the student apply the theoretical content to their own situation and generate discussion across cohorts of studentKey Features:Written expressly for APNs transitioning into leadership rolesDelivered in clear, well-organized proseGrounded in competencies and essentials of doctorate education for advanced nursing practiceTraces the trajectory from expert clinician to role of leader of complex organizations and patient populationsDraws from experts in the humanities, natural, social, and organizational sciences, business, nursing, and health care