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Doctoral Project Abstract

Leadership Coaching for Health Care Professionals

Steven M. Hays
Regent University

According to Dr. Richard Huseman, Pamela Bilbrey, and Brian Jones of the Baptist Leadership Institute, there is a growing realization that it is the immediate leader at every level of a health care organization who determines results.1 However, the business of health care is facing a looming crisis. Today the industry faces a growing shortage of individuals prepared to lead health care organizations in the future. As a result, many leaders of health care organizations are turning to leadership coaching–long used successfully by business leaders and sports figures–to not only develop future leaders but become more effective in their own roles as leaders. Leadership coaching as a leadership development tool is about tapping into one's strengths, gifts, and unique abilities–why a leader has been so successful so far. Effective coaching builds leadership skills, addresses shortcomings, develops leadership capability, and enhances executive performance. Surveys show that employees at multiple organizational levels find coaching very useful and are calling for more coaching and better quality coaching. Learning how to become an effective coach in health care requires developing a distinct set of competencies. These competencies are now being addressed and taught in a new curriculum developed for use in the Masters in Health Administration program at Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, New York). 

The course - Leadership Coaching for Health Care Professionals - helps leaders and coaches build the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to coach one's self and those around them more effectively in order to enhance leadership and work performance in the health care setting. Leadership coaching takes a leader to their next level and allows for the revealing of the most powerful and influential person they can be so that others want to be a part of achieving the vision they set before them.1 Leadership coaching accelerates the rate at which people achieve results and teaches leaders how to learn and be intentional in their own development which leads to increased productivity in all areas of a leader's life. And what's more, leadership coaching creates clarity around what leaders really want to accomplish.  

1. Huseman, R., Bilbrey, P. & Jones, B. (2007). Coaching for great leadership in health care. Pensacola, FL: The Baptist Health Care Leadership Institute.

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