Making the most of your EMBA: Leadership Coaching

 

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In a recent survey of 425 physicians from across the country conducted by the National Physicians Foundation, respondents reported that leadership development is their most important learning need.  The healthcare industry is a prime example of a business that is volatile and complex.  Crisis is the norm and physician leaders must navigate through a constantly changing environment.

Physicians usually rise to the position of leadership because of their expertise as a clinician and/or researcher, but those experiences do not guarantee leadership strength.  There are three primary components to becoming a strong, capable leader: knowledge about the science of management; advanced leadership skills and competencies; and vertical growth, or leadership maturity, necessary to be effective.

The Leadership Coaching Program helps you translate your EMBA curriculum into action by building your understanding of your leadership strengths and gaps, setting specific development goals, and providing peer coaching to practice and refine your leadership impact.

In the month before the EMBA begins, all students complete an online self-assessment exploring their leadership style.  They also identify 10 to 15 colleagues spanning all levels of professional relationship, from supervisor, to peer, to direct report, who complete the same tool.  These colleagues submit feedback across twelve key leadership competencies. Students then use an anonymous report detailing and comparing data to reflect on what they and their colleagues perceive to be their leadership strengths and gaps.

Students receive the reports during the first semester residency period and spend a full day in organized individual and group activities with an executive coach to review the report, create a development action plan, and train as peer coaches for each other.  This process repeats during the final semester with a second round of self-assessment and colleague feedback giving students the opportunity to judge their progress and refine their plan beyond the EMBA.

Engaging in the Leadership Coaching Program is an invaluable part of the EMBA experiences.  Students call it “extremely useful”, “an excellent feature of the program”, and “very relevant and excellently executed.”  Read below for more comments on the experience.

“I learned a lot about myself and received excellent feedback.  I will definitely apply what I learned to improve my leadership skills.”

“The most powerful part of this exercise was hearing the intense sharing and exchange with the other members of the group.  This built a lot of trust and the entire larger group seemed to be more cohesive after this exercise.”

“This was one of the most meaningful days in my professional life.”

“Great process and outcome for each of us individually and collectively.”

 

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