The modern hospital represents a complex community in which life and death decisions are made on the front lines of patient care, and difficult operational and strategic initiatives are developed in the offices of institutional leaders. Effective Medical Leadership describes the unusual position of a medical leader in an organization often administered by non-medical managers. Through extensive and situational examples in the complex hospital setting, Dr. Bryce Taylor illuminates the principles of leadership, focusing on the challenges, the solutions, and the daily life of the head of a division, department, or program. In hospitals, just as in other large organizations, effective leaders must appreciate the big picture, pay attention to detail, and, above all, care about the careers of their constituents in addition to patient health. Here, Taylor outlines successes as well as failures, emphasizing that leadership, while an imperfect science, is based on common sense, integrity, an orientation to the welfare of colleagues, and a passionate and consistent commitment to the mission of an organization.
Bryce Taylor is Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of Surgical Services, University Health Network and a professor and associate chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
Foreword Acknowledgments List of Figures List of Situational Examples Introduction: Twenty-Four Questions: The Metrics of Your Success as a Medical Leader * Medical Leadership Is Different * The Medical Leader's Job * The Team and Teamwork * The Personnel * A Typical Day * Quality of Care and Risk in Medicine * Planning and Execution * Data and Money * Other Important Issues * The Character of a Leader Epilogue: Some Final Thoughts about the Success of Your Leadership References Index