Introducing a new tool for leadership development: The Global Nursing Leadership Competency Framework

INDIANAPOLIS — Sigma Nursing, with support from The Johnson & Johnson Foundation, is proud to announce a new tool designed to help nurses understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses to assess specific areas that need growth.  


The Global Nursing Leadership Competency Framework establishes a guide for nurses seeking to self-evaluate their leadership. Clinical employers may use this framework to establish professional development opportunities based on the leadership competencies that need growth. The framework can also serve as a valuable tool for educators to assess their students’ needs for development and build coursework to better meet these needs.  

Through a collaboration of nurse leaders from around the world, 10 key leadership competencies were developed. In the framework, each competency is leveled with performance indicators for nurses who identify at the novice, competent, expert, and luminary levels.  

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What knowledge, skills, and abilities do nurses need for leadership at each stage in their career? Learn more about the framework’s development and purpose and access the full framework here.

About Sigma

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 100,000 active members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. Learn more at