What healthcare leaders need to know now
November 9th, 2011
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Bob Clarke: Leadership “is about the individuals and families who rely on you to act in their best interest.”
At least two more leaders appear to have had their legacy tarnished in the current 24/7 news cycle – one a presidential candidate and one a legendary football coach. One is in trouble for what he is alleged to have done, the other for actions he failed to take. But there’s a key lesson about leadership in these events, and the nature of the behavior is merely the symptom of a root issue: selfish leadership.
The best leaders, says Bob Clarke, CEO of Furst Group, are selfless, putting others first.
“I’ve had the opportunity to recruit and develop leaders since the early ‘80s,” Clarke said, “and have witnessed some outstanding executives. Leadership is all about having those you lead achieve things they themselves didn’t think possible.”
Leaders, said Clarke, need to remember that their actions don’t occur in a vacuum and can have a long-term and widespread impact.