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This paper aimed to identify nurses' leadership behavior in management functions and determine if leadership has a direct impact on turnover intention or career abandonment. This descriptive and inferential study was conducted in two public hospitals. Head nurses and nurses in general and specialist health care were invited to participate, except those working in operating or clinical services. The final sample consisted of 266 individuals (22 head nurses and 244 staff nurses) that responded to a questionnaire, which was organized into three distinct sections: sample characterization; the Leadership Effectiveness and Adaptability Description (LEAD), which was used to determine the situational leadership components; and four closed questions relating to different turnover intentions.
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