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Developing Competent Leaders: Insights from Chief Residents on Leadership Challenges and Strategies for Success

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A total of 20 Chief Residents (CRs) from Family Medicine and Royal College specialty training programs identified the main challenges faced in their leadership role, the strategies used to overcome these challenges, and the reasons they became eRs. The aim of this study was to identify themes for inclusion and/or additional emphasis in leadership development programs. A desire to acquire skills and experience in leadership and management was identified as the key reason to obtain the CR position. The challenges included personal (e. g., time availability, conflict resolution, and role clarification) and organizational (e. g., scheduling, promoting resident interests, communication between stakeholders, and resource management) issues. The CRs used personal (e. g., seeking advice, developing emotional and social intelligence, protecting personal time, and leadership development) and effective management (improving organizational communication, effective time-management, and delegation) strategies to overcome these challenges. The results of this study highlight themes such as organizational communication, promoting common interests, social intelligence, and organizational decision-making. These themes need to be included in tl"aditionalleadership development curricula or, if already included, they should be emphasized further. Implementing our findings in a concurrent postgraduate curriculum is likely to better prepare future CRs for their leadership position.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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  • The Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which chronicles research, case studies, and essays by leading health administration educators and professionals.
    The Journal addresses key policy issues in health administration management nationally and internationally and is the foremost authoritative guide on the latest academic and professional developments in the field.
    As one of the only professional publications in the field, the Journal sets a standard in health administration education research.

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