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Why Do We Exist?

It has become clear that the future of medicine is integration. We cannot afford to continue with the fragmented way we are practicing medicine now. But we recognize that moving the culture from where we are now, to where we need to be, cannot happen without effective leadership. Your success depends on the leadership of key physicians and executives to move your strategic plans into daily clinical practice – and sustain them over time.

The Center for Physician Leadership was created to fill a deep need to develop physician leaders to fill this role. We see that current efforts tend to focus on training physician executives to be managers instead of leaders, which is inevitably about managing and reinforcing the status quo. We help your organization build the leaders that are not satisfied with the status quo, but look to the future and are ready to take action. Whether you are tasked with performance measurement efforts, clinical integration, quality and safety initiatives, EMR implementations or other IT initiatives, we help create the physician “do-ers” who are ready and equipped with the skills to help you be successful in your change efforts.

What Do We Consider the “Core Competencies” of Physician Leadership?

Leadership isn't taught in medical schools, but it's a critical missing piece in health care today. Now more than ever, delivering cost-effective care and remaining competitive demand high levels of leadership, collaboration, and open communication among physicians across service lines, silos, and organizational levels. Physician leadership is central to solving every healthcare issue, on the hospital and national level.

Leadership is the art of influencing others to make difficult decisions that require them to focus beyond themselves for the greater good.

Great leaders develop a broad set of skills to work up and down multiple levels of an organization and across multiple healthcare silos. As a leader rises in formal responsibility, relationship building, communication, and interpersonal skills drive success. 

There are 12 Core Competencies that make up Physician Leadership:

  • Articulating an inspiring vision
  • Influencing and motivating others
  • Conflict resolution skill
  • Initiating crucial conversations
  • Resolving disruptive behavior
  • Negotiation skills
  • Executive-level communication skills
  • Team-building in the face of resistance
  • Developing a natural leadership style
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Maximizing stakeholders in change
  • Modeling leadership and empowering others