Physician Leadership Skills - The #1 Habit of the High Trust Physician Leader

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Round On Your People

It is as simple as that ... and here is the monumental tragedy of current healthcare leadership behavior.

I have asked thousands of physician leaders - both physicians and non-doctor senior leaders - if they schedule time to round on or shadow their people. Their response is always the same. Just yesterday in a room of 30 CEO's and CMO's from independent groups around the USA, I asked that question -- and how many hands went up do you think??

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ZERO - not a single one

The next words out of my mouth were "shame on you." I am sure that is something they have never heard from a speaker before -- and yet they knew my critique was spot on.

Two Leadership Consequences of NOT Rounding


Tags: physician leadership skills, stop physician burnout

Physician Leadership's Dirty Little Secret #1

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Leadership's Dirty Little Secret #1

In our work with physician leaders from 163 organizations to date, it has become clear that physician leadership and physician burnout share five distinct and invisible connections.


Tags: physician leadership, physician leadership skills

Physician Leadership Gets Easy When You Do These 3 Things

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Leadership: The Lone Ranger vs. the Team Captain

Your leadership style goes a long way towards determining your team’s results. As a physician leader, your style organizes the way your team functions and creates your team member’s experience of  “playing” on your team.

For most of us, our leadership style is invisible. It is simply not something we are aware of when we are using it. For most doctors, that is a problem. We graduate from residency with a specific physician leadership style/paradigm that gets in the way of our effectiveness and makes us work way too hard.

In this article let me show you

=> The Doctor’s Default Leadership Paradigm and the problems it causes
=> Three steps to a new Physician Leadership Style that makes everything in your practice easier
=> A specific example of the new paradigm in action



Tags: dike drummond md, physician leadership, physician leadership coach, physician leadership skills, physician leadership styles, physician leader, open ended questions

Physician Leadership Skills – 3 Reasons Doctors Make Poor Leaders and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Physician Leadership Skills – Why Doctors Make Poor Leaders and What YOU Can Do About It

[related: Physician Leadership Dirty Little Secrets]

One of the big practice challenges most of us face is a frustrating gap in our physician leadership skills. We step out of residency and are instantly installed as the leader of a multidisciplinary team charged with delivering the highest quality care to our patients.

This new physician leadership role can be daunting. We are prepared to diagnose and treat … but what about all the other questions about patient flow and personnel issues that come our way?  At times It can feel like you don’t “have what it takes” when, in fact, this physician leadership vacuum is a natural consequence of our medical training and medicine’s unique business model.

And if you take on a leadership role in your organization - say, a medical director or CMO - your inability to navigate a complex bureaucracy and intricate matrix of relationships will become immediately apparent. How can you be an effective physician leader, when all you were taught to do is see patients?

Here are three challenges to acquiring physician leadership skills that are hard wired into our training process – with suggestions on how to bypass them for a better day at the office for you, your staff and your patients. Without these skills you are doing all the heavy lifting for your team and working WAY too hard.


Tags: dike drummond md, Physician burnout, physician coach, physician leadership, physician leadership training, physician leadership skills, physician leadership styles

Doctors and Nurses: Doctors need to Order Less, Listen More

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Doctors and Nurses form a TEAM in healthcare

Often that team is quite dysfunctional because of a basic cross wiring in the command and control of the team.

A doctors and nurses post on last week hit a nerve. It was titled “Listening to Nurses is a Key to Being a Good Doctor”.

I couldn’t agree more.


Tags: physician coach, physician leadership skills

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