Hard skills (ie psychomotor skills) receive the most attention in nursing curricula, often overshadowing efforts for soft skill competencies, such as leadership.
Locating leadership experiences in the clinical setting is a challenge for undergraduate clinical educators. Most leadership experiences for students entail observational time with a charge nurse or nurse manager, with little application of leadership skills.
The use of leadership fables to actively engage nursing students into meaningful leadership scenarios is recommended as an innovative strategy for leadership skill development. This method uses reflective learning to immerse the student into the story, providing a powerful mechanism for involving student in an unfolding leadership situation.
Anecdotal data revealed that those who participated in the leadership fable learning activity appreciated the opportunity for active engagement with the leadership scenario.
Leadership fables have been identified as an innovative teaching tool that augments the quality of leadership education.