Healthcare is changing. Your leaders should too.
Through our powerful partnership with 3Pines M.D. Strategies and physician leader Steve Swanson, The Bailey Group provides comprehensive leadership development to help healthcare professionals identify critical challenges and learn new skills to overcome them. We don’t just coach leaders — we care for the caregivers and help them unlock their full potential.
The importance of healthcare leadership today
Healthcare has taken center stage in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many of the
industry’s core challenges, putting leaders on the defensive and forcing new ideas and innovative ways
of managing healthcare organizations to the forefront. Many of those challenges, however, existed
before the public health crisis and will continue to confound healthcare leaders.
Some of the fundamental obstacles
facing the industry include:
- Staff shortages
- Staff burnout
- Slow pace of technological change
- Rising healthcare costs
- Increasing importance of end-of-life care
Overcoming these challenges requires bold, determined and visionary
decision makers, meaning the demand for effective leadership in
healthcare is now higher than ever.
What is healthcare
That’s where healthcare leadership development comes in. Healthcare leadership development is a process by which healthcare executives become more self-aware, identify their shortcomings and learn new skills to help them unlock their potential and drive meaningful results within their organization.
A good leadership coach will help leaders identify their strengths and weaknesses in one-on-one sessions, and then use that information to help them better leverage their strengths and transform their weaknesses into opportunities for growth.
Why is healthcare leadership
Healthcare organizations need quality leadership as much as, if not more than, any other industry. Leaders play a central role in shaping institutional culture, motivating team members, and directing resources and energies toward a set of quantifiable goals. Where your leaders go, your organizations follow — so long-term success in healthcare starts and ends with effective leadership.
Healthcare leadership is also different from other industries in a few key ways. Few industries require their leaders — and everyone else on the team, for that matter — to make life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. This environment can create enormous stress, so it’s important to have leaders who can make hard decisions with a steady hand and secure the trust of their teams even when difficult choices have to be made.
Physicians transitioning into leadership roles have unique challenges, including building consensus over time when they are accustomed to making quick, autonomous decisions.
At the end of the day, good healthcare leadership is measured by the quality of patient care an organization is able to deliver. Patients and families entrust healthcare leaders with their health and their lives, so it’s critical that healthcare leaders have the skills and expertise to create trusting relationships with their teams and the communities they serve.
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And with the global healthcare challenges we face today, your current crop of leaders can benefit from greater self-awareness and stronger interpersonal skills. The leadership development solution The Bailey Group has created for healthcare leaders can help them excel in their roles and put the wider organization on the path to success.
if your leaders are currently
Leaders have to be able to make decisions and stick to them. That’s
especially true in healthcare, where the margin for error is slim and
mistakes can be costly. If your leaders have trouble making decisions,
or have a habit of wavering even after they’ve made one, that could
be a sign of a leadership deficit.
A good leader is a strong communicator. They’re able to clearly
articulate their vision and ensure every member of the team knows
where they fit within that vision. But when leaders don’t
demonstrate good listening skills, fail to give constructive feedback,
or can’t articulate a clear vision, that can leave the rest of the team
feeling directionless and frustrated.
Lack of accountability:
This goes for the leader as well as the wider team. Accountability is
the bedrock of a high-functioning team. Leaders who cast blame on
others or are unable to hold others accountable when things go
wrong can create a culture of secrecy and mistrust within
Inability to embrace change:
Change is the only constant in life. Leaders who don’t embrace this
reality miss out on the opportunities for growth that change offers.
By attaching themselves too strongly to the old or current way of
doing things, leaders make their organizations unadaptable and
unprepared for a crisis.
leadership skills and competencies emerging healthcare leaders need to master for success:
Managing people is probably one of the most time-consuming — and important — tasks for the healthcare leader. Everyone has different personality types and styles of working, and sometimes these clash. Effective leaders are experts at managing these differences and maintaining cohesive, harmonious work environments.
Good healthcare leaders don’t just direct their teams from the top. They work to identify the strengths and weaknesses of everyone on their team and place them in the position where they’re most likely to succeed. They also provide regular training and professional development to equip them with the tools and leadership skills they need to excel in their roles.
Every successful healthcare organization needs a big, bold mission that can inspire their teams to go above and beyond normal expectations. Effective leaders are able to craft strategic visions that can win sufficient buy-in from across the organization — and attract the best talent from the labor market.
Empathy is especially crucial in healthcare, where patients and physicians alike are constantly up against life-changing decisions. It’s crucial that healthcare leaders are able to look beyond the data and relate to both their team members and patients on a deeper, personal level, creating tighter bonds that give both a greater sense of comfort.
skills that lie at the heart of
The Bailey Group difference: How we can help
At The Bailey Group, we do leadership development differently. Our team of executive coaches consists
of psychologists, behavioral scientists and former executives, giving clients an unmatched range of
leadership expertise to help them become great leaders and organizations.
With 32 years of experience and a team of 20 coaches with deep industry expertise, we understand better
than anyone that every leader and situation is unique. That’s why we focus on the individual first,
tailoring our individual or team development plan to fit their unique circumstances. Our client
relationships are built on trust and mutual respect — it’s what powers our mutual success.
In every leadership team engagement, we start by getting to know every member of your team. We work
with clients on a one-to-one basis to understand their leadership style, strengths and weaknesses,
providing real-time support and constant feedback throughout the journey to ensure we are driving
The five components of a
strong healthcare leadership
development solution are:
- Assessment of individual and team strengths, weaknesses and challenges
- Goal alignment and formation of action plan
- Learning materials to facilitate independent development
- Regular feedback sessions
- Identifying future growth needs and opportunities
Our client relationships aren’t just one-and-done; we’re fully invested in your leaders’ long-term development and your organization’s long-term success. We offer healthcare leaders a library of additional resources to foster a spirit of continuous learning and ensure that once they’re on the path to success, they stay there.
Let us help you
Let us help you. Get in touch with our team to schedule a complimentary consultation today.
Bruce Tuckman’s 5 stages of team development have been the preferred model for team building for almost six decades. It isn’t hard to see why.