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Florida Medical Magazine Spring 2017

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6 www.FLmedical.org FLORIDA MEDICAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2017 By Laurel Brown Leadership is o en used as a catchall term in discussing people, projects and general management. It is also applied across all disciplines and industries, and inside and outside of the workplace. Every hour, at every level, in every organization around the world, people with interpersonal skills and infl uence move ahead. People without them don't. While these abilities are o en thought of as being innate, they are an interrelated set of leadership skills that can be learned and developed. In a speech he had prepared to deliver in Dallas in 1963, John F. Kennedy wrote, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." e FMA's Karl M. Altenburger, M.D. (KMA) Phy- sician Leadership Academy embodies this statement. rough the Academy's fi ve interactive workshops, physicians learn critical leadership principles and skills, and are given opportunities to apply them as they work through an assigned project. Doctors are naturally positioned to provide leadership in numerous capacities — to their colleagues, patients and staff members, and even while interacting with outside vendors. When physicians combine their learning from the Academy workshops with their academic education and day-to-day experiences, they are able to make a more meaningful impact on the patients and customers they serve. Many leadership skills are benefi cial to physicians and the health care fi eld in general. e Academy focuses on these fi ve: 1. Infl uence Successful health care leaders know it is sometimes necessary to push past resistance and obstacles. ey realize being infl uential involves having the credibility and knowledge to impact people's thinking and decision-making, as well as the rapport and trust required to engage others in developing mutually benefi cial outcomes. Leaders at every level must recognize the impact of their infl uence and be prepared to create personal action plans to appropriately apply their infl uencing skills in a manner that establishes trust and credibility with those they serve and with whom they work. Lessons in Leadership Physicians make a greater impact by learning fi ve key skills. { L E A D E R S H I P }

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