American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Course Details

Course Content

This three-day course is structured to maximize learning and interaction with the faculty while providing a variety of educational experiences. Participants will be encouraged to present the faculty with their leadership challenges to help ensure the course addresses specific learning needs of the attendees. The course will be divided into five content areas.

Attributes of a Leader

Effective surgical leadership today requires different competencies than in the past. This block will focus on attributes that are important to effective leadership and will assist the participants in identifying the leadership skills they already possess.

Topics will include:

  • Using different leadership styles in different settings
  • Applying concepts of emotional intelligence
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and delegating

Leading and Sustaining Change

Leaders must be skilled in effecting and sustaining change in individuals and organizations.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding adaptive leadership challenges
  • Motivating and stimulating change
  • Sustaining change through others

Building and Maintaining Team Effectiveness

Theoretical and practical steps of team development will be explored, including those used in assembling teams, charging teams, and supporting team function within health care organizations.

Topics will include:

  • Taking advantage of critical elements that predict success
  • Using conflicting personalities and ideas to develop solutions
  • Generating enthusiasm and positive interpersonal behaviors
  • Evaluating performance and making personnel changes

Leading Oneself

Current courses on leadership are largely theoretical and provide limited access to being a leader, much as a surgical atlas does not fully impart what is required to be a surgeon. This section will focus on leadership as it is lived and experienced.

Topics will include:

  • Distinguishing between leadership taught as a theory as opposed to how it is lived and experienced
  • Thinking and acting strategically
  • Leading oneself and other surgeons
  • Leading beyond surgery

Art and Principles of Leadership

Leaders must be able to address various leadership situations and translate the principles of leadership into action. This block will use case-based scenarios to launch discussions that demonstrate the importance of flexibility and adaptability for effective leadership. Participants will profit from the shared insights and experiences among attendees.

Topics will include:

  • Evaluating leadership opportunities
  • Succeeding in new leadership positions
  • Leading in a community setting
  • Leading in the redesign of health care
  • Recognizing and addressing leadership derailers
  • Leading up to the next level