Archive ORX Session Previews 2017

Learning to Lead

For most people, the ability to inspire others is an acquired skill rather than an innate gift.

Chet Wyman, MD


OR Excellence

Take a moment to envision the most effective leaders who shaped your success, the men and women who knew exactly what to say and do to bring out the best in you. If you think they were born with an "X factor" that simply cannot be taught, think again. In most cases, there's no such thing as a "born leader," according to Chet Wyman, MD, an anesthesiologist with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Md. Instead, good leaders learn how to inspire others and lead effective teams — and that means you can, too.

Dr. Wyman lectures extensively on implementing positive change and improving patient care. In his ORX presentation, "You're Not a Born Leader!" he will share proven strategies for cultivating leadership skills, so you can bring about meaningful change in the OR.

Care is critical. One of the things I think a lot of us tend to forget is that the term "health care" is two words: health and care. We're caring for people in our operating rooms every day, but we also have to tend to the health of our organizations. Sure, you need to be focused on delivering positive outcomes and results, but those will come if your leaders care about your organization and the people on their teams.

Listen and learn. In health care, we often see strong clinicians who evolve into leadership positions, but most of them tend to become managers rather than true leaders. In order to be a good leader, you have to engage in a lot of self-introspection so you understand your strengths and goals as an individual, as well as the strengths and goals of each of the members of the team. This will help to build trust, which is largely a self-learning process: learning to listen; learning to understand others; learning to engage in meaningful conflict; and learning how to become a coach so people can develop the skills they need to succeed.

Chet Wyman, MD

speaker profile
arrow A clinical associate with Johns Hopkins Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in Baltimore, Md.
arrow A frequent lecturer and expert on teamwork, communication and patient safety, as well as the dynamics of organizational fear and behavior.
arrow A newly minted triathlete who didn't know how to swim before he started training for his first 2 triathlons last year.
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