Healing Our Future: Leadership for a Changing Health System

  • 2h 55m
  • Andrew Garman
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2021

This book is a practical, evidence-based guide to seven key leadership disciplines that will help anyone working in healthcare to pursue brighter futures.

In this book, Andrew Garman looks at the major changes facing healthcare organizations and the leadership competencies required to successfully meet those challenges. He explains how people become more effective leaders over time and what science tells us works best in making this happen.

At the heart of this book are seven universal disciplines—values, health system literacy, self-development, relations, execution, boundary-spanning, and transformation—which Garman divides into “enabling” and “action” disciplines. The enabling disciplines encompass the foundational work that makes leadership efforts more effective: learning more about ourselves, deepening our understanding of the world around us, and taking care of ourselves. The action disciplines describe leadership in the context of getting the work done: setting and resetting direction, collaborating inside and outside our organizations, anticipating what's coming, and helping people prepare for it. Collectively, they form an evidence-based common language of leadership that readers can easily map to any model that their organization or profession may already be using.

Each chapter provides a description of the discipline, illustrates why it is important, and offers specific advice on how to raise proficiency. Appendixes offer step-by-step guidance on recruiting and engaging good mentors, along with input on developing long-term and foresight skills.

About the Author

Andrew N. Garman, PsyD, is professor in the department of health systems management at Rush University in Chicago and director of the Rush Center for Health System Leadership. He previously served for nine years as CEO of the nonprofit National Center for Healthcare Leadership, where he remains involved in an advisory capacity. He is the author and coauthor of numerous research articles, book chapters, and books, including The Future of Healthcare and Exceptional Leadership.

In this Book

  • The Changing Health System
  • Accelerating Your Development as a Leader
  • Values
  • Health System Literacy
  • Self-Development
  • Relations
  • Execution
  • Boundary-Spanning
  • Transformation


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