Episode 26 – Five Myths that Sabotage Physician Leadership

In today’s encore episode, I am sharing an excerpt from an earlier episode discussing myths about physician leadership and dispelling those myths with evidence. 

MYTH:  a widely held but false belief or idea  

Time to bust some of the myths and stereotypes about physicians being arrogant, un-herdable cats and lone wolves who don’t understand teamwork, business or finances.

Stereotype… 

#1  Doctors are lone wolves or cowboys who can’t get along on a team  

#2  Physicians have a command and control decision-making style  

#3  Physicians are lousy at managing their money 

#4  Docs are greedy and are primarily motivated by money 

#5  Physicians are not suited to lead and not capable of running the business 

Find out why the stereotypes are not only wrong but are harmful to physicians, staff and patients.  Stereotypes make leadership roles look unappealing to physicians, allow administrators to wave off concerns by physicians, permit apathy about the need for vigilant recruiting and selection, and permit avoidance by administrators of tough behavioral issues. 

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