Physicians as Leaders: Who, How, and Why Now?

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 13 February 2007




(2007), "Physicians as Leaders: Who, How, and Why Now?", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 20 No. 1.



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Physicians as Leaders: Who, How, and Why Now?

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Physicians as Leaders: Who, How, and Why Now?Mindi K. McKenna and Perry A. PugnoRadcliffe-Oxford Publishing2006ISBN: 1 85775 788 2Keywords Medical leadership, Leadership development, Competence based education

The demand for books on physician leadership is high globally due to recent rapid growth in MD/MBA dual degrees. Physicians as Leaders contains contributions from over forty distinguished physician leaders, detailing their professional journeys and offering words of advice. The book has been built on a framework of “stepping stones for successful leadership”, recommending five key practices for all physician leaders in any clinical specialty, practice setting, or leadership role. It adopts a practical approach with planning tools and thought provoking questions, along with self-assessment tasks to assist preparation, reflection and discussion.

This book will inspire and educate practising physicians, medical students studying business management dual degree programs (MD/MBA), resident physicians and other professionals in pharmaceutical and medical supply industries:

Memorable, provocative and informative. Conceptually clear. Physicians concerned with transformational leadership requirements for creating a new future for healthcare will savor the dialog (André L. Delbecq, in the Foreword).

Contents include:

  • Exploring physician leadership.

  • Good news: physicians can be well-suited to lead.

  • Overcoming special challenges often faced by physician leaders.

  • Leadership concepts and competencies.

  • Our research findings about physician leadership.

  • Physician leadership pathways and outcomes.

  • Physicians as experts: leading clinical excellence.

  • Physicians as executives: leading organizational excellence.

  • Physicians as pioneers: leading innovations in healthcare.

  • Physicians in congress: leading healthcare reform.

  • Leading physicians in unique settings.

  • Stepping stones for successful physician leadership.

  • Credibility through competence and character.

  • Clarity of vision and communication.

  • Collaboration through commitment and teamwork.

  • Coordination of decisions and actions.

  • Change enabling resilience and renewal.

  • Becoming a compelling physician leader.

  • Being a leader: reflection, self-awareness, focus and goals.

  • Learning about leading: self-study, training workshops and formal education.

  • Learning by leading: on-job experience and volunteer leadership roles.

  • Learning from leaders: relationships, mentors and teams.

  • Launching other leaders: coaching, teaching, publishing and speaking.

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