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Exceptional Leadership, 16 Competencies for Healthcare Executives (Healthcare Administration Press, 2014)

I was writing a book chapter today about “Helping New Physician Leaders Succeed” and it reminded me of one of the best leadership books I’ve ever read. It’s titled, Exceptional Leadership, 16 Critical Competencies for Healthcare Executives.  It’s written by Carson Dye and Andrew Garman and the second edition was just released.

All of us must master the soft skills, and the authors grouped them into four common sense categories: Well-Cultivated Self-Awareness, Compelling Vision, A Real Way With People, and Masterful Execution. There is also a new chapter for physician leaders which has some provocative thoughts included.

Wherever you are in your career path, this will be very helpful and I highly recommend it. Read it, do the exercises, create your personal development plan and you’ll be rewarded with even greater success.

By the way, Carson Dye is a best selling author, senior partner at Witt Kieffer, and a TWO TIME recipient of the  James A. Hamilton Book of the Year Award by ACHE. This is Carson’s 10th book on healthcare leadership.

Developing Physician Leaders for Successful Clinical Integration (Health Administration Press, 2013)

This is by far the best book I have ever read on physician leadership.  I only wish I would have had the benefit of the author’s wisdom 20 years ago when I started my administrative career.  Some of the topics covered include:

  • Identifying physicians who have a propensity for leadership
  • Addressing issues physicians face as they make the transition from clinical roles to leadership positions
  • Creating leadership development programs with an emphasis on the experiential side of leader development
  • The impact of physician leader derailment

Chapter 15 – Avoiding Derailment is by far my favorite chapter.  It provides insight into the reasons physician leaders can fail.  Again, if I had read this 15 years ago, I wouldn’t have had to learn things the hard way.  This is a must read for any physician leader – just starting out, in mid career, or nearing retirement – all will benefit from the insight and wisdom of Carson Dye and Jacque Sokolov.