Great healthcare leaders are selfless, patient-focused, team-builders who have learned that no one individual always has the right answer. To solve healthcare’s big problems, you must be consensus-driven, accountable, and able to execute on the goals you have set. Leadership isn’t about power—it’s about getting things done.
Throughout my career, I’ve found that a sense of selflessness is the characteristic that defines great leaders. The most inspiring leaders aren’t trying to further themselves, they’re doing what’s right for the organization—even when that decision is at odds with their own best interests. When you’re running an organization that impacts people’s lives, you have to remain objective and very clearly decide what it is you are trying to achieve—then be unwavering in working to achieve those goals.
Because medicine is one of the biggest businesses in the world, taking care of patients and creating value for patients requires healthcare leaders who think about developing scale and investing to create the best product. Clinicians understand the product, so they have to be involved in leadership at a very high level. NAPA is changing the status quo by giving our clinicians the best opportunities to learn, with anesthesia-specific business and leadership courses taught by our own internal experts.Leadership isn’t about power—it’s about getting things done. Click To Tweet
Good leaders care about the well-being of the people they work with, and developing leaders internally furthers our ability to create healthy working environments where patients are always at the center of everything we do. For people who get involved in clinical leadership, the rewards come in seeing patients who are served better, patients who have higher satisfaction scores, and happier employees. Great leaders know that you can’t do it all alone—to improve the healthcare industry, you have to let in people who are smarter than you.