In 2003, investigators at The Bard Group, a Boston-area health care consulting firm, examined the selection process for clinical program leaders at US academic medical centers. To carry out the study, they conducted a literature review and interviewed 68 individuals at 13 centers.
Before initiating a recruitment process for a new service line leader, academic medical centers should seek internal consensus around five questions:
Search committees should recognize that effective leadership in academic medical centers requires striking a balance between the leader's organizational power (i.e., authority within the organization) and personal leadership capability.
Critical elements of the leader's role and authority should be determined beforehand by the organization's leadership, not negotiated with the candidate during the recruitment.