Initiating the Global Leadership Mentoring Community Building Capacity across Sigma Regions

Ellen Buckner, Tamar Avedissian, Cheung Daphne Sze Ki, Kathleen Eviza, Thora Hafsteinsdottir, Ming-Yi Hsu, Marilynne N Kirshbaum

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    Aim: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the online Global Leadership Mentoring
    Community, a programme designed to build relationships across Sigma Global Regions, and promote leadership development for emerging nurse leaders.
    Background: There remains evidence to suggest there is a pressing need and opportunity for sustainable global leadership mentoring programmes.
    Introduction: This leadership mentoring programme of Sigma brought mentors and mentees together from across the world to build leadership capacity, understand global leadership issues, and build networks. Community coordinators purposively selected mentors from each of Sigma’s seven Global Regions and mentees were chosen through a process of snowball sampling.
    Mentors and mentees met monthly with quarterly group calls.
    Methods: We followed a programme evaluation, outcomes focused approach. All eleven pairs were invited to complete online surveys at the outset and end-of-programme capturing both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics and for qualitative data, a thematic analysis.
    Findings: Quantitative data confirmed that all mentors and mentees gained from the experience.
    From qualitative data, themes emerged illustrating the scope of their achievements: a) how well they facilitated successful outcomes, b) they learned strategies and c) challenges for successful global mentoring.
    Discussion/Conclusion: Participants learned that creating global leadership is a longitudinal process that needs sustained attention to effect change. This evaluation identified many strengths of the programme and recommended its continuation to help further development of global leaders, particularly through focusing more purposively on policy issues.
    Implications for Nursing Policy: Empowerment of nurses globally through a global leadership
    mentoring community can improve leadership at all levels, thus emboldening their voice to
    influence nursing and health policy and ultimately improve patient care.
    Key words: Nursing leadership, mentorship, capacity building, global health, cross-cultural communication, survey, evaluation.
    Participants represented the following countries: Australia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan,
    Lebanon, The Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United
    States of America.
    Study approach: Programme Evaluation
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberINR-2019-0235.R1
    JournalInternational Nursing Review
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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    Buckner, E., Avedissian, T., Ki, C. D. S., Eviza, K., Hafsteinsdottir, T., Hsu, M-Y., & Kirshbaum, M. N. (Accepted/In press). Initiating the Global Leadership Mentoring Community Building Capacity across Sigma Regions. International Nursing Review, [INR-2019-0235.R1].