Leadership in healthcare can be challenging since there are so many stakeholders involved. Stakeholders include patients, employees, physicians, board members, visitors, vendors, community members, etc. Leaders should use evidence-based data to make safe, cost-effective decisions that impact stakeholders. Using research to support your thoughts and opinions, please answer the following questions:
What are at least three published “best practices” for effective leadership? Do you agree that these practices would encourage favorable outcomes? Why or why not? Do best practices require use of credible data, and if so, what type(s) of data?
What data might leaders practicing evidence-based management use to improve employees’ morale? Please share an example from your research.
Now, discuss a scenario from personal experience or from research when leadership should have used data from research prior to making a critical decision or change. What data should the leader(s) have used? If data had been used, how might the outcome differ?
Before the end of the week, begin commenting on at least two of your classmates’ responses. You can ask technical questions or respond generally to the overall experience. Be objective, clear, and concise. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress. Submit your responses in the Discussion Area.