Key skills for #meded leaders.  Separation: Multiply more, micromanage less.

By Felix Ankel (@felixankel)

You are a new post-graduate dean charged with producing a prepared workforce for the 21st century.  You commit to this challenge by leading a knowledge-based to competency-based medical education transformation.  You plan on integrating residency training with clinical operations and focusing on population health.  What skills will help you in this journey? What past (helpful) behaviors may inadvertently pose a challenge?

Medical education is a team sport that is becoming more complex. Successful #meded leaders successfully manage complexity by promoting a culture that is aligned, separated, and cohesive.

Separation is a powerful tool to lead teams.  Effective leaders “multiply” more  and “micromanage” less

  • “Multipliers” are able to effectively manage talent, foster a productive environment, set direction, make decisions, and execute by perfecting the art of asking questions and being judicious in offering opinions.
  • “Micromanagers” zoom in on short-term goals by trying to win arguments and focusing on adding value to conversations. This loses sight of long-term opportunities and disengages others.

If your team is not functioning at full capacity, ask yourself the following questions. In communications with your team:

  1. Are you trying to add value to every conversation or do you let others maximize their contribution?
  2. Are you making a point or making a difference?
  3. Are you maximizing a position or elevating a conversation?

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