The College of Nursing at the University of Kufa discussed the master’s thesis by the student (Amir Aqeel Falih) entitled (The relationship between the leadership styles of nursing heads and the job performance of nurses working in hospitals in the city of Najaf. Leadership is a decisive factor in the job performance of nursing staff, as effective leadership can inspire and motivate nurses to provide Excellent patient care, while poor leadership can lead to job dissatisfaction, burnout and low performance.This study aimed to determine the relationship between the leadership styles of chief nurses (according to the views of the nursing staff) and the job performance of nurses (according to the opinion of the chief nurse); as well as Knowing the relationship between the leadership styles of the head nurse and their demographic characteristics, in addition to knowing the relationship between the job performance of nurses and their demographic characteristics.
Methodology: A descriptive (correlational) research design was used. This study was conducted in the teaching hospitals of the city of Najaf, and a non-probabilistic (appropriate) technique was used to collect data. The study sample included (51) head nurses and (350) working nurses in all selected hospital units. The data collection tools were two separate questionnaires, one to determine leadership styles from the perspective of the nursing staff and the other a job performance questionnaire according to the opinion of the head nurse, in addition to a questionnaire for social and demographic data for each of them.
The results showed a positive, highly statistically significant correlation between leadership styles and job performance. There is also a statistically significant relationship between the leadership style used by the head nurse and their marital status, and the current study did not find a relationship between the nurses’ job performance and their social and demographic data.
The current study concluded that the performance of the nursing staff met expectations, and that the leadership style of the nurse administrators was a relatively transformational leadership style. There is also a relationship between the leadership style of the head nurse and the job performance of the nursing staff.
The study recommended that leadership and management training should be considered a basic requirement for chief nursing officers to hold their positions. It also recommended the necessity of developing a periodic evaluation system to evaluate the job performance of the nursing staff to provide health institutions with a database on the levels of nurses’ job performance.