Office of Faculty Development and Diversity

Stanford Leadership Development Program

Participants in the Stanford Leadership Development Program, jointly sponsored by the school of medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics, learn the skills required to lead small divisions, sections or teams within an academic medical center. The program goal is to develop the leaders needed to implement institutional strategies and meet future challenges in academic medicine.

Leadership Projects
- With the help of a coach, participants design and implement a three-month team project to improve operations or create or improve programs in  the school or hospital.  Previous projects have included business planning, clinical process improvement, new curriculum development and creation of interdisciplinary research programs.

Leadership Training - Physicians participate in six day-and-a-half long meetings during the year in which they receive instruction on topics including leadership, finances, human resources and diversity.  The curriculum includes affecting change, team dynamics, project management, negotiation, influence without authority, developing diversity, managerial accounting, an overview of the school and hospital, and dealing with difficult conversations. Participants learn work-leadership balance and receive feedback on their individual leadership styles and opportunities for development.

Selection Process - The Stanford Leadership Development Program is designed to include 25-30 participants each year. The program is open to all ranks in all faculty lines. Selection  for the program begins with being nominated by a senior leader in the SoM or SHC. Nominees who are interested complete a short application. Participants are selected by a  committee made up of Senior Deans and SHC Senior Leadership Team members. Candidates are ranked on their demonstrated commitment to building diversity, current leadership activities and potential for growth as a leader. Particular effort is made to ensure diversity within each cohort, with approximately half being women and 25 percent being from underrepresented minorities.

Mark Lane Welton, MD, MHCM, FACS, FASCRS
Interim Medical Director, Clinical Cancer Center
Professor and Chief, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Department of Surgery
2009 Particpant- Stanford Leadership Development Program

The leadership program was a turning point in my career. It introduced me to the language and concepts of management, finance, leadership, accounting, self assessment, team assessment, health care reform and more. I led to my decision to pursue another degree focusing on these issues in Health Care Management. One key lesson from my advanced degree is we as leaders will be more successful if we can get more physicians to understand the language of leadership and management. The Leadership Development program achieves that goal and more.

Yaso Natkunam, MD, PhD   
Associate Professor of Pathology
2010 Participant-Stanford Leadership Development Program

Effective leadership comes into play in every aspect of academic medicine that I participate in. But having never taken a leadership course, or considered one important for much of my career, this concise yet comprehensive program exposed me to the vocabulary, concepts and strategies that are fundamental for success in an academic career. Starting from self-assessment to team building and negotiation, the course format and speakers made this experience extremely conducive to learning and sharing. This course gave me a great foundation not only for learning leadership skills, but also for shaping my vision and future goals.



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