Over the past one hundred years, or so, there has been an increase in women in healthcare, especially, women in healthcare leadership. Most of healthcare employees are women nowadays. Women are more compassionate, able to listen to a team’s opinion, make a decision that would be good for everyone, able to come to a compromise faster, have “motherly” qualities, and more.
“Women represent an overwhelming majority of the healthcare workforce, yet they are significantly underrepresented in leadership positions, particularly at the executive and board levels. However, women are uniquely positioned to leverage traits such as compassion, transparency, and the ability to foster teamwork to lead organizations into the next phase of contemporary healthcare delivery.” (Fontenote , 2012)
Women as leaders have been really powerful throughout the history. For example, Florence Nightingale and others like her. This is why out healthcare is so powerful now. This is because we had many smart, powerful, innovated, compassionate, and amazing female leaders leading our healthcare to “The Best Health Care”!
Patient is the only person, who healthcare employees, leaders, and doctors are working for. Patient is a priority number one! Patient care needs to be centered on the patient for best results for the patient and the healthcare organization. When the healthcare organization’s employee understands why everything is evolved around one patient, then they will be a part of a patient-centered care. Healthcare leadership must teach and show everyone that patient is important and is number one!
“Throughout the year, we have been discussing the value of patient-centered care. The columns have focused on important aspects of this topic, such as the evolution of patient-centered care, patient satisfaction, community engagement, and technology. At the heart of all these components, however, is healthcare leadership.” (Cliff, 2012)
Healthcare leadership qualities:
1. Teaching others
2. Stimulating confidence
3. Believing in others
4. Enlightening presentation – solid management
5. Gratifying and distinguishing individual offerings
6. Be familiar with the needs of the healthcare organization
7. Managing and coming up with new services – implementing change
8. Accompanying the staff with everything, including just listening to their comments
“The level of trust and authority that a leader holds within the organization or team is crucial to the implementation of any project. Leaders can only lead if there is consensus in the workforce they wish to inspire and work with. That is they may be nominated as leader and may have the title. However, to be able to use their authority to effect change, the team (or individuals) must recognize and support the leaders and the authority they hold.” (Gardner & Philogen, 2002)
According to Kendra Cherry (2013), there are eight leadership theories:
1. "Great Man" Theories lets everyone believe that it’s impossible to become a leader, leaders...