A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC
“In the U.S. military – like in medicine – life or death scenarios are often presented,” they write. “Similarly, in the military as it is in medicine, it is a requirement of leaders to bring a group of differentially skilled individuals together as a high-performing team to succeed in a mission.”
Seals and Hertling focus on the characteristics of an effective leader, noting that “effective leaders must first understand themselves and understand those around them.” Next, they suggest that effective leaders need to master being both a strong team builder and a strong team player. “The military uses 7 characteristics to define effective teams: trust, standards, accountability, confidence, teamwork, challenge, and rewards,” they write. “In a similar manner, a physician leader must understand how these characteristics contribute to high-performing teams, and then embrace the responsibilities inherent in each of these areas.”
Outside of leadership characteristics, Seals and Hertling also note the importance of organizational competencies. “As the ACC continues its charge to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health, a strong foundation of leaders is critical to help the College accomplish its mission and to provide value to its members as they grow and become more effective, empowered leaders,” they write.
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