Becoming an Effective Leader in Healthcare Management, Second Edition

The 12 Essential Steps

By Len Sperry, M.D., Ph.D.

ISBN 978-1-938870-74-3
6×9 paper
320 pages
© 2017

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Administrators and managers in healthcare can improve their own expertise and performance by learning and mastering the 12 critical interpersonal, financial, and organizational management skills in this highly practical guide. This easy-to-read book applies basic business leadership principles specifically to the field of healthcare administration. Based on solid research findings as well as the author’s experience as a healthcare executive, consultant, and instructor, this approach teaches you to increase productivity and employee performance, preparing you to meet the inevitable challenges of the healthcare system of tomorrow.

With new insights on staff empowerment and engagement concepts, this second edition also provides:

  • Self-assessment tools, individual and small-group experiential exercises, and review questions
  • Case studies and examples from hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities, and other medical care facilities
  • Financial management tools
  • Details on effective orientation processes
  • Ways to address problematic behaviors occurring in healthcare settings, and the coaching role of healthcare leaders

Healthcare supervisors can improve their own leadership skills or mold exceptional leaders and managers among their staff by using this guide in workshops and continuing education seminars. It is also a valuable text for healthcare management courses and workshops.

The 12 Essential Skills

  • Motivation
  • Time and stress management
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Delegation
  • Conflict management
  • Counseling and interviewing
  • Strategic thinking
  • Budgeting
  • Personnel management
  • Resource management
  • Staff coaching

Format: E-book
e-ISBN 978-1-938870-75-0

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Also available through: Bowker, Baker and Taylor, Gardners, and Follett

About the Author
Foreword, by Samuel Lin

STEP I Becoming an Effective Leader in Healthcare Management

Step II Mastering the 12 Essential Skills

  1. Galvanizing Engagement, Commitment, and Motivation and Fostering Emotional Intelligence
  2. Maximizing Team Performance
  3. Delegating to Maximize Performance
  4. Communicating Effectively and Strategically
  5. Negotiating and Managing Conflict and Difficult Employees
  6. Coaching for Maximum Performance and Development
  7. Counseling and Interviewing for Maximum Performance and Development
  8. Thinking and Deciding Strategically
  9. Mastering the Budgeting Process with Alan Whiteman, M.B.A., Ph.D.
  10. Mastering and Monitoring Financial and Human Resources with Alan Whiteman, M.B.A., Ph.D.
  11. Evaluating Organizational and Personal Resources and Fit
  12. Encouraging Mindfulness and Time and Stress Management

Step III Being an Effective Leader in Healthcare Management


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Unidentifiable person icon holder vector illustrationLen Sperry, M.D. Ph.D., has taught leadership courses at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Florida Atlantic University, and Barry University, where he was Director of the graduate program in Health Services Administration. He has written more than 1,000 professional publications, of which 80 are books, including Effective Leadership: Strategies for Maximizing Executive Productivity and Health. Dr. Sperry has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry for his contributions to organizational development and leadership.

2 reviews for Becoming an Effective Leader in Healthcare Management, Second Edition

  1. Administrator

    “This straightforward [book is] . . . a brilliant combination of personalized skill mastery and assessment. The recognition of engagement as a key cornerstone is refreshing.”
    —Rene Zipper, MBA, FACHE, Vice President, Press Ganey and Associates

  2. Administrator

    “An ideal introductory textbook for students of healthcare management, and an invaluable continuing resource for anyone already engaged with healthcare management administrative responsibilities, [this book] is extraordinary, ‘real world practical’, and highly recommended for professional, community, health care centers, and academic library instructional reference collections.”
    Helen Dumont, Midwest Book Review

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