Viewpoint: Rethinking Leadership in Academic Medicine (AAMC Reporter)


“To lead more effectively—to change constructively our organizations and our health care—we must begin by changing how we all think about leadership because our thinking ultimately influences our performance,” writes Wiley “Chip” Souba, vice president for health affairs and dean of the Geisel School of Medicine, in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Reporter.

The complexity of the challenges facing leaders in academic medicine makes it “impossible for one person to accomplish the work of leadership alone,” Souba says. He suggests ways to change the standard leadership model, stressing the importance of:

1)   Expanding the understanding of leadership

2)   Revising and expanding how leadership is taught

3)   Developing leadership throughout an organization

Read the full op-ed, published in the July 2012 edition of the AAMC Reporter.

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