Presented by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
at the Hanover Inn, Hanover, New Hampshire
June 24 - 26, 2015

Course Overview

At The Geisel School of Medicine, we believe that Leadership is a core competency for future physicians, and that leadership begins with leading yourself. The material covered in this course is in accordance with the Geisel mission and its commitment to create a community of physician leaders who exercise the kind of leadership required to tackle our most vexing challenges in health care. The course leader, Wiley "Chip" Souba, MD, ScD, MBA, who serves as Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Health Affairs at Dartmouth, has written more than 40 peer-reviewed articles on leadership topics and has been teaching this material for years.

This course was developed to provide participants with greater access to being effective as a leader whether they already hold a major leadership position or have had little or no leadership experience. This course is not about medicine per se. Its focus is on what it is to be a leader and what it is to exercise effective leadership, whether you are in health care or academia, the nonprofit world or business. Thus, anyone may register. The purpose of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of what is required to be a leader and to build a solid leadership foundation. As a participant, you will begin developing mastery of a new "conversational domain," which will provide you with new opportunity sets for exercising more effective leadership.

What This Course Will Make Available To You

When you complete this course each of you will have experienced whatever personal transformation is required for you to be more effective in leading and in producing real results, in real time. Thus, the promise of this course is that you will see new actions to take, that you have not seen before, and when you take those actions your ability to exercise leadership effectively in real time, with real results will be dramatically enhanced.

In contrast with current leadership models, which are based largely on third person concepts and explanations about leadership, we will use an "as lived" perspective that provides access to the experience of leading in the first person. In addition, the "as lived" methodology is unique in disclosing our (hidden) human ways of being and acting that limit our freedom to lead effectively. Once these are unveiled, a whole world of new possibilities opens up. In a recent article (A New Model of Leadership Performance in Health Care. Academic Medicine, 2011, 85: 1241-1252), Dr. Souba writes, "Current leadership models are based largely on concepts and explanations, which provide limited access to the being and actions of an effective leader in health care. Rather than teaching leadership from a theoretical vantage point, this course teaches leadership as it is lived and experienced. When one exercises leadership 'as lived,' concurrently informed by theories, one performs at one's best."

The Learning Method

Dr. Souba has developed this program with input from external leadership professionals and with a team from Dartmouth who will serve as faculty facilitators during the course. The pedagogical methods are innovative and challenging. There will be didactic sessions that are highly interactive and require self-reflection, as well as small learning groups that require active participation. Individual, personal change must precede organizational change, so the course will be taught in a way that provides participants with actionable access to leadership as it is lived and experienced when one is being and acting as a leader.

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