top five leadership competencies needed within health care administration H e a l t h M e d i c a l
Conduct a candid self-assessment of your health care leadership competencies and construct an 8–12 page comprehensive individual leadership development plan that can help you take your organization into the future.
Note: You are strongly encouraged to complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.
By comparing areas of strength and weakness to the skill sets required to lead an organization, it is easier to determine the specific skill areas that need to be developed. Once you identify skills that need improvement, it is possible to develop an action plan to strengthen weaker areas and highlight existing strengths. A good action plan should contain specific strategies as well as a way to measure success.
Different types of health care organizations have different visions, missions, values, and cultures. Leaders must assess the community and organization to determine what type of leadership best fits the organizational context. Effective leaders are those who are consistent, credible, authentic, flexible, and engage in continuous learning.
You will have your own brand of personal and professional leadership. It is important to periodically assess the fit of your style relative to the current environment and changing needs of the organization. Leaders who add value align their efforts and lead teams towards organizational goals. Research-based tools such as those developed by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) are available to assist with the task of developing and aligning your skill sets with the changing needs of your organization.
Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
- What new leadership skill sets are needed within your organization due to changes in external industry trends?
- Have you put together a career development plan to help you take advantage of your education and a changing industry? What are some of the advantages of having a career development plan?
- How can you leverage things such as periodic 360-degree informal feedback, a mentor, committee participation in your local professional chapter, organizational task force or committee work, community or volunteer outreach activities, research, professional association presentations, and other items to highlight your skills and demonstrate the value you can add to an organization?
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