Stewardship and solutions: The value of big ideas in health system improvement - Danielle Martin, MD
Change and improvement in health care are increasingly discussed in bite-sized chunks: the less intimidating to implement, measure and improve, the better. This approach has merit, but it can feel long on methodology and short on inspiration. Some kinds of change can only happen if we think big and connect with the best versions of ourselves, both as leaders and as citizens. In this session, Danielle Martin, a family physician and system leader, will tap into the value of Big Ideas to inspire change in health care in Canada.
Research evidence in support of physician leadership -- Amanda Goodall, PhD
A great deal has been written over the years about the merits of physician leadership. However, there are very few studies that have linked physician leaders with organizational performance to demonstrate through real evidence that doctors can actually make good leaders. This is now changing. I will present my own research in support of physician leadership and review the growing body of literature. My research points to the need to have leaders who are experts in the core business of the organizations that they are to lead; thus a doctor instead of a professional manager – holding constant leadership and management skills. I will summarize the evidence for expert leadership from many other settings. Once we have looked at the research evidence on the merits of expert physician leadership on organizational performance, I will ask the question ‘how do we think experts, such as doctors, influence organizational performance and specifically what are the mechanisms?’ I will present our new research on expert leadership and employee job satisfaction. We know that job satisfaction is important to organizational performance. I will summarize new findings that uncover how expert leaders positively influence employee job satisfaction.