Effective Medical Leadership / Edition 2

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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.

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What People Are Saying

Garth Warnock
'Effective Medical Leadership is an outstanding guide for persons aspiring to leadership positions. In this accessible and up-to-date book, Bryce Taylor shares the wealth of his expertise with wit and humour, successfully addressing the challenges and problems encountered by leaders in the medical field. It should be required reading for all those seeking leadership roles in health care and related professions.'
Bruce Barraclough
Bryce Taylor, an active academic surgeon and medical leader, brings a lifetime of hands-on leadership experience, acute observation, and a deep understanding of the leadership literature to the task of helping others achieve their own leadership potential.
David A. Galloway
'This book has meaning far beyond hospital walls. It is a book about leadership. Anyone responsible for the management of people and resources can learn from Dr. Taylor's unique skills and abilities.'
From the foreword by Bruce Barraclough
'Bryce Taylor, an active academic surgeon and medical leader, brings a lifetime of hands-on leadership experience, acute observation, and a deep understanding of the leadership literature to the task of helping others achieve their own leadership potential.'
Steven Strasberg
'During the course of Bryce Taylor's career, during which time he has been head of a large teaching hospital, he has learned a lot about leadership, confidence, and impartiality. His keen observations in Effective Medical Leadership will be an invaluable resource for anyone new to a position of leadership.'
Philip Hassen
'Bryce Taylor presents what today's medical leaders and those who are leaders of the future need—a patient-centred perspective that always takes into account the big-picture needs of the hospital, university, and staff body. Written thoughtfully and in plain language, Taylor's practical guide is a must-read.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442642003
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 8/19/2010
  • Series: Rotman-UTP Publishing Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents



List of Figures

List of Situational Examples

Introduction: Twenty-Four Questions: The Metrics of Your Success as a Medical Leader

  1. Medical Leadership Is Different
  2. The Medical Leader’s Job
  3. The Team and Teamwork
  4. The Personnel
  5. A Typical Day
  6. Quality of Care and Risk in Medicine
  7. Planning and Execution
  8. Data and Money
  9. Other Important Issues
  10. The Character of a Leader

Epilogue: Some Final Thoughts about the Success of Your Leadership



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