Your effectiveness as a leader is more critical than ever during these turbulent and challenging times. As academic neurology’s leadership organization, the AUPN is focused on helping all of us become better leaders. Part of this initiative includes providing curated resources towards this goal, including our compiled Resource Links. We will soon also be adding a list of recommended leadership books and other training materials to our website.
Some important leadership topics (and resources) I have found useful include:
The great importance of building your operation around clear strategic goals and objectives (Start with Why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action, by Simon Sinek); Understanding and making positive use of your own emotional responses, and those of your faculty, staff and senior leadership (Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, by Daniel Coleman); Identifying and dealing with emotionally toxic employees in your operation (The No A**hole Rule: Building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t, by Robert I. Sutton, PhD); and effective strategies for positive and successful negotiation (Getting to Yes: Negotiating an agreement without giving in, by Robert Fischer and William Ury). These bestsellers are widely available in multiple formats. We will be expanding and building this list in the months ahead, so please email us if you have any suggestions for books or other media you have found particularly helpful on your leadership journey.
Many of you are also involved in the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), which is also a valuable resource for Department Chairs across all specialties. The AAMC has produced the following series of leadership ebooks specifically for Department Chairs: Leading (Top skills, attributes and behaviors for success); Recruiting (Proven search and hiring practices for the best talent) and Thriving (New perspectives and approaches for personal and organizational success). These books are available at a discount on the AAMC website, and are linked in today’s below Resource Links.
And finally, thanks to all of you who have shown your ongoing support of the AUPN by paying your AUPN 2020 dues during this difficulty year. Your support of the AUPN helps us to continue to provide our educational programming along with our other AUPN benefits, including our newly established podcasts and other forthcoming initiatives. Also remember that your annual departmental membership makes these resources and participation in the AUPN available not only to the Chairs, but also to your Program Directors, Clerkship Directors, Child Neurology Directors, Research Directors and academically affiliated VA Neurology Chiefs. To ensure all qualified individuals at your institution have access to the AUPN’s benefits, please take a moment to review and update your institutional profile (See “AUPN Profile Update” in Resource Links, below).
Clifton L. Gooch, MD
Today’s Resource Links
AUPN Profile Update
Please log into your account, click on Org Profile (only viewable by Chairs) and update the Contact Info and Individuals tabs (Individuals included within AUPN Membership include: Department Chair; Residency Program Director; Clerkship Director; Child Neurology Residency Program Director; Research Program Director, and VA Director). Please contact Katie at email@example.com if you need assistance.
American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Chair Leadership Materials
The AAMC has produced a series of leadership ebooks specifically for Department Chairs: Leading (Top skills, attributes and behaviors for success); Recruiting (Proven search and hiring practices for the best talent) and Thriving (New perspectives and approaches for personal and organizational success). These ebooks are available for purchase (discount for AAMC Members) at: http://offers.aamc.org/department-chair-series
AUPN 2014 to 2019 Chairs Sessions (AUPN member login required)
Previous annual meeting programs include many topics focused on Chair leadership issues. Click on Year, find topic and speaker, click on “presentation”