CHICAGO-Organizational medicine relies on the skills and talents of many people who work hard to contribute their best to the advancement of medical care and, most important, to improving the health and well-being of their patients. Among the many people who oil the great machinery of organized medicine are the people who take on the responsibilities of leadership. What are the paths to leadership positions in academic medicine, and how do people determine which path is best for them? What are some of the ways otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons, in particular, can do to advance into leadership positions within their specialties?
Explore this issue:January 2009
These were some of the issues raised in a miniseminar on leadership development at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) 2008 annual meeting, which focused on giving participants some practical nuts-and-bolts tips on how to think about leadership, strive toward leadership roles, and take practical steps to achieving a leadership role.
Preparing for a Leadership Role
For Linda Pololi, MBBS, Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator of the National Initiative on Gender, Culture, and Leadership in Medicine at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, talking about achieving leadership roles in academic medicine is a bit like putting the cart before the horse. Instead of focusing specifically on how to become a leader, she emphasizes the importance of focusing on the overall process of establishing one’s career path that ultimately may arrive in a leadership role but is not solely defined in terms of becoming a leader.