How Can You Become a Leader in Health Care?

Michael Pugh, President, MdP Associates, LLC

Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:

  •  Explain the difference between leadership and management.

  •  Define authentic leadership.

Description: Trying to understand the difference between management and leadership. Being the newest member of the team and the boss at the same time. Hoping your staff believes you know what you’re doing. 

Becoming a leader isn’t easy. And becoming a leader in health care is even harder. 

Michael Pugh, President, MdP Associates, LLC, knows those two truths well. He was the interim CEO of a hospital at the age of 26, thrust into a new position without knowledge, experience, or a big resume. Now, three decades and several CEO jobs and board positions later, he’s learned a lot about leadership in health care. And in this animated, four-minute video, he shares what he believes are the keys to success for a young leader.  

Watch the video and check out the new activity, which you can share with your Chapter, here.

Have trouble viewing this video? Read the transcript.
Discussion Questions:
  1. Michael Pugh says leadership is more about influence than authority. What’s the difference between the two? Do you think influence is more important? Why?
  2. Michael Pugh lists budgeting, resourcing, staffing, and problem solving as management responsibilities. What else would you add to that list?
  3. Have you encountered a non-clinical leader in a clinical area in your career? Did they earn the staff’s trust? How did they go about doing it?
  4. Do you think it’s important for leaders to “get close to the work”? Why or why not?
  5. Think of someone from your past who was an authentic leader. Why did you think of that person? 
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