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.