Early-Careerist

  1. Polish personal practices
    Early in your career, you must sharpen essential practices, such as time management, strong work ethic, perseverance to get a job done as promised, professional etiquette, integrity, and projecting your authentic, professional self.
  2. Become a great team player
    Success in healthcare administration is not about how much you can achieve for and by yourself, but rather how well you work with and lead others to achieve organizational objectives. Increase your exposure to teams early in your career to develop the skill-sets required to first be an effective team player, and then you can master being a team leader. Early careerist Rizan Mohsin discusses the challenges diverse individuals can overcome and become team leaders.
  3. Strengthen core competencies
    Aspiring senior leaders master the content of their current position and then continue to focus on developing supplemental skillsets. Here is an example of core competencies you should work towards mastering.

Mid-Careerist

  1. Strengthen higher-level competencies
    After a few years in the profession, you want to focus on improving the more advanced competencies for your position. Begin the process by assessing your current level of competency. You can also continue improving your competencies by becoming actively involved in your professional membership organizations, as summarized by Executive Recruiter John E. Green, Jr.
  2. Expand cross-function proficiencies
    Sometimes you have to leave your niche in order to discover your potential. Develop a basic level of proficiency in other departments and related areas.
  3. Hone Team-Building Skills
    By this point in your career, you will be honing your skills in managing staff—oftentimes a group of individuals who are diverse on several dimensions. An essential skill to master is team building. Check out this quick tip from Shanna Johnson on strengthening your team’s connections.
  4. Sharpen problem-solving skills
    Strong problem solving skills are critical to being an effective leader. Sharpening one’s ability to identify, assess, and distill any situation to lead toward action is essential to mastering the job and core any professional development regiment.
Tool:

The ACHE Healthcare Executive Competencies Assessment Tool is offered as an instrument to use in assessing your expertise and determining competency gaps in critical areas of healthcare management.

Senior Careerist

  1. Understand senior role’s complexities
  2. Hone political astuteness
    Too often to count, leaders miss promotions despite being highly functional and well-liked by those in their department. This is because they are unaware of their perception on a larger scale throughout the entire organization. Learn more here from Carson Dye and Brett Lee’s Healthcare Leader’s Guide to Actions, Awareness and Perception.
  3. Sharpen inclusive leadership skills
    Senior leaders who are, themselves, demographically diverse will benefit from sharpening their skills in inclusive leadership. This article from Healthcare Executive provides practical tips on being an inclusive leader.
  4. Shift focus from tactical to strategic
    At this point in your career, your professional moves should be at the strategic level. Anton J. Gunn summarizes his focus on strategic career moves.
Tool:

The ACHE Healthcare Executive Competencies Assessment Tool is offered as an instrument to use in assessing your expertise and determining competency gaps in critical areas of healthcare management.