This article describes the outcome of a survey of 40 nurse executives and 56influential colleague's. Both groups agreed that leadership was the most important quality for the executive role. The nurses' primary focus was resolution of patient care problems. Influential colleagues stated resource allocation and initiation of change were two qualities needing improvement. The nurses rated themselves high in confidence about their job responsibilities, scored relationships as the most satisfying attribute, and cited provision of quality health care as the greatest advantage of their position. The greatest disadvantage was lack of administrative support. The results suggest the educational preparation needed for nurse executives.