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As Physicians, What Kind of Leader are You?

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More and more hospitals are looking for physicians who are also leaders, capable of handling C-suite duties as ably as they do a medical procedure. In fact, recent trends seem to indicate that it is becoming more common for physicians to transition into executive roles at hospitals.

So, let’s take a second to examine leadership in the broader sense. After all, it’s important to not take for granted the leadership element when on a job interview. Executives could be evaluating your leadership qualities almost as much as they are examining your credentials.

Stosh Walsh and Paula Walker at Gallup Business Journal outline the four types of leaders necessary for any organization, including hospitals and physician practices, to be successful.

Gallup has been studying leadership for over four decades, they write, and during that time, it has delineated “two crucial insights” about leadership:

First, “leadership is best understood as a set of roles in an enterprise. These roles differ in tasks and responsibilities. But viewed together, they provide a complete picture of the leadership needs of a company and how those needs are met.”

Second, “the best performers in each leadership role invariably possess the talent and experience to meet the needs of the role and, by extension, the needs of the enterprise.”

Gallup believes with “the dynamic nature of businesses and markets, one of the most complex and difficult challenges facing every enterprise is selecting, developing, and deploying leaders at all levels to meet current and future needs.”

According to Gallup, the four types of leaders every business, including healthcare entities, needs are as follows:

1.) Executive leaders who “navigate toward a desired future. They outline an ideal future state and collaborate with other leaders to bring that state to fruition. Executive leaders constantly adjust enterprise activities and communicate, direct, and align strategy, goals, and resources to make the vision a reality.”

2.) Senior leaders who “are responsible for profit and loss, and they work across functions to achieve business aims. They plan and execute at a macro level, recognize external factors that affect the business, and position the company to capitalize on market trends. They serve as hubs of information, ensuring that the leaders, managers, and employees -- and the teams and workgroups -- within their chain of command understand the vision set by the executive leadership team, and they pass information from the field to the executive team.”

3.) People performance leaders who “accomplish their goals by working through the managers they lead. They set the stage for effective performance management and engagement throughout the organization by ensuring that managers and employees have clear expectations and defined career paths. They guide others by coaching and mentoring and promote a strong working environment by creating bonds and promoting engagement among employees.”

4.) Operational performance leaders who “grow the business by improving efficiencies, maintaining discipline toward meeting business goals, troubleshooting, innovating, and monitoring key metrics.”

As physicians looking for jobs, what type of leader are you? Do you fit into one of the four categories listed above? If you went on a job interview in which the organization expressed a desire to groom you for an administrative position, would you consider that an option for your future?

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