Albert Einstein once said that compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. Why? Because according to this principle, a small investment made today yields massive result years from now. Consider this: Just as minor changes, like swapping one can of soda for a glass of water a day or turning off electronic devices an hour before bed, can have major impacts on our health over time, small adjustments to leadership skills will generate big outcomes.
This was one of the messages Laurie Baedke, FACHE, FACMPE, director of healthcare leadership programs and program director of the executive MBA in healthcare management in the Heider College of Business, delivered at Harvard Medical School’s Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare conference in Boston on Nov. 2-4, 2017. Baedke was invited to serve as a guest faculty at the conference by Harvard Medical School faculty and conference course director, Julie Silver, MD.
The sold-out conference cultivates managerial talent and promotes career advancement in female health care professionals through leadership skill development. The more than 450 attendees were from across the country and included seven countries outside the United States. Participants represented varied organizations, including academic medical centers, integrated health care systems, community health care organizations and private practices.
“Technical competence alone is insufficient to achieve the highest levels of success,” says Baedke.
Physicians and healthcare leaders need to cultivate emotional intelligence and leadership skills to advance in healthcare’s increasingly complex environment. Baedke addressed these two topics in a general session, How to Bolster Your Emotional Intelligence for More Effective Leadership, and and three-hour workshop, Mastering the 8 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders.
Based on a large body of scientific work on emotional intelligence (EQ), Baedke’s lecture reviewed the use of emotional intelligence to combat clinician burnout, foster empathy, and increase leadership efficacy. Attendees walked away with a keener understanding of how EQ can impact their performance and influence the workplace, and having developed strategies for increasing personal emotional intelligence.
In the workshop, Baedke honed in on the eight leadership habits peak performers exhibit and correlated these habits to the health care environment. Participants listed eight small changes they could initiate to increase their effectiveness as leaders, identified gender differences in performance, developed strategies for strengthening personal and team performances, and created an action plan to improve their leadership skills and performance.
Baedke is an active speaker at national health care conferences and for health care organizations. Recent examples include a faculty development presentation at Cleveland Clinic, guest lecturing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and New York University’s health care administration graduate programs, serving as a faculty member for nine consecutive years at the American College of Healthcare Executives’ annual congress, and speaking at numerous state Medical Group Management Association conferences.
“Active demonstration of thought leadership in health care and physician leadership development at premier conferences and continuing medical education courses shows the expertise of Creighton’s faculty and elevates the visibility of our institution and its schools and programs,” says Baedke.