Leadership Corner: The Different Forms of Leadership

Posted on August 02, 2018

The Leadership Corner features monthly updates from the MHA leadership team. The updates will provide new insights to patient safety and quality as well as information obtained from healthcare workshops and conferences across the country.

Gary Roth, DO, MBA, FACOS, FCCM, FACS, chief medical officer, MHA, discusses how leaders come in a variety of shapes and forms, all of whom must lead the way to zero preventable harm. 

Gary RothAccording to William Shakespeare, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Leadership in healthcare is essential to provide safe, effective and timely care. Leaders are often viewed as members of the C-suite, directors and managers. The reality is leaders come in many shapes and forms. Every member of the healthcare team must lead the way toward zero preventable harm. 

Everyone is called upon to lead – whether it is the surgeon in the operating room, the nurse at the bedside or the technologist drawing a patient’s blood sample.

As stated by J. Stephen Lindsey and John W. Mitchell, healthcare leaders are independent thinkers who often function in difficult, ever-changing environments. They are passionate about those they care for and serve. Leaders inspire and motivate while serving as a change agent within and for their organization.

It is well known that many team members are responsible to lead within an organization, department, unit, or for an informal group of caregivers.

The skills necessary to move forward are rarely intuitive. The MHA has a long-standing history of providing and facilitating leaders with the tools they need to succeed. 

Upcoming opportunities through the MHA and MHA partners, include:

  • The MHA Patient Safety & Quality Symposium will be held Sept. 18 and 19 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. The event is designed to provide clinical and healthcare leaders with the wisdom they need to reflect, learn and do better. This year’s event focuses on three key priorities for healthcare leaders: creating a sustainable safety culture, reducing violence and combating burnout.
  • The Healthcare Leadership Academy is an extraordinary program that is the result of a unique partnership among Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and two premier healthcare professional associations, the MHA and the Michigan Osteopathic Association. These partners have created a valuable leadership program for existing and emerging healthcare leaders, including physicians, clinicians and other healthcare professionals. 
  • The Excellence in Governance Fellowship was designed by the MHA to provide educational opportunities in governance leadership through a powerful combination of expert faculty, specially designed curriculum and interaction. The Excellence in Governance Fellowship is highly collaborative in nature, bringing fellows together in a variety of learning formats, including retreat-like interface, virtual communications and dialogue, and peer learning circles.
  • The Leaders Facilitating Change Workshop is offered Oct. 2-3 by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. This two-day course is designed for healthcare leaders and performance improvement professionals within healthcare organizations, focusing on the unique role of leaders as it relates to leading change and sustaining the gains of improvement.
This article was featured in the MHA Keystone Center Newsletter. To subscribe, please contact Ashley Sandborn, MHA Keystone Center communications specialist.


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