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Medical Leadership

Great medical leadership in hospitals can be seen when there is a working environment that encourages and fosters open and honest discussion about accountability and behaviour, where teams share knowledge freely and generously and are united in their vision and objectives:

These hospitals are populated by an inspired staff that are in harmony, working together, guiding, mentoring and supporting one another to ensure better patient safety and outcomes. Their medical leaders promotes multidisciplinary consultation, improves the effectiveness of team dynamics and cooperation, are flexible, always learning and have a willingness to adopt new improved strategies rather than sticking to tired traditional routines.

Sounds like a Utopian ideal right? In hospitals where management has been forced to cut costs and there is a competitive, divisive and institutionalized hierarchy, finding brave, generous and inspiring leaders can be difficult. But fortunately more doctors are recognising that the old, closed, edictal system of managing medical teams is not all that effective and are seeking out specialist training and personal development.

Wendela Hingst, Managing Director of the Federation KNMG Doctors, is one such provider of this new and improved approach offering an online course, see http://www.medicalbusinesseducation.nl/onlinecourse3/ in which she addresses the questions:

What's Medical Leadership?

Why is Medical Leadership important?

What are the characteristics of a good leader?

Medical Leadership training promotes shared responsibility for patient safety and the success of the entire field. Care for the mental, emotional and physical health of hospital personnel as well as of patients in your care. It provides proven and effective strategies for approaching difficult or inconvenient situations, being accountable and communicating with teams and how to respond to and work with feedback

Personal development is at the core of becoming a better medical leader. Indentifying your strengths and weakness and learning new skills greatly improve what you can bring to your workplace.

In my 25 years of experience as a trainer and supervisor of all kinds of professionals, including medical specialists, I have seen firsthand the positive changes when these modern leadership theories and strategies are applied to the benefit of individuals, teams and institutions.

Jim Collins in his book 'Good To Great' puts forward a hierarchy of leadership capabilities at the top is Level 5 Leadership, of which he writes "Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and wilful, shy and fearless. These Leaders have a unique combination of fierce resolve and humility. They are the first to own up to mistakes, and the last to take credit for success".

The areas of personal development, characteristics and skills required to become a Level 5 Leader are developing humility; asking for help; taking responsibility; developing discipline and finding the right people.

This is a departure from the old system that favoured seniority and conventionality in its leaders, but medical professionals that take the time and effort to train and become a Level 5 Leader can indeed create the Utopian Hospital of the future.

Forsalidad Aruba offers several masterclasses in Medical Leadership each year.

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