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[Infographic Guide] 7 Steps to Take on the Path to Physician Leadership

Jackson Physician Search
December 18, 2023

All physicians are leaders in their own right, but landing a formal leadership role requires a combination of medical expertise, leadership skills, and a commitment to positively impacting healthcare systems and patient outcomes. Here are seven steps to take on your path to leadership.

1: Pursue Additional Education 

Pursue further education relevant to leadership, management, and healthcare administration, such as obtaining an MBA or MHA.

2: Seek Leadership Opportunities

Look to take on leadership or mentorship roles, including serving on committees, leading special projects, as well as mentoring younger physicians.

3: Build Effective Communication Skills

Work on improving your communication skills, including active listening, public speaking, and the ability to convey complex information clearly.

4: Collaborate With Non-Clinical Departments

Understanding the workings of non-clinical departments, such as finance and human resources, is essential for effective healthcare leadership.

5: Network With Healthcare Leaders 

Attend conferences, seminars, and workshops to expand your network. Consider ACHE and APPL for their programs and leadership certifications.

6: Stay Informed About Healthcare Policy 

Understanding healthcare policy and the broader landscape is crucial for making informed decisions and advocating positive change.

7: Advocate for Your Vision and Be Open to Feedback 

Gain support for initiatives that can benefit patients and providers. Embrace a growth mindset and be willing to adapt your leadership style.


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