Women Physicians Need The Courage To Lead
By Barbara Sibbald
January 12, 1999
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Tarrant, an expert in the management of change, began the workshop by
outlining the five steps that must be taken to be a leader. Begin, she
says, by branding yourself. What do you stand for? What makes you unique?
Next, a leader must be knowledgeable and credible in a range of areas.
Tarrant advised continual learning through CMA's Physician Manager
Institute. "It's the best thing in
Dr. Donna Stewart spoke about opportunities for leadership in women's health during the CMA's leadership Workshop for Medical Women Leaders must also get connected by sitting on the right committees and becoming "visible." How can I get connected? Where do I have to be? "We spend more time planning our vacations than our lives," says Tarrant. She said leaders need to act with courage because "leadership is not easy, we'll lose friends, peers will call us turn coats, people will be mad at us." She advises getting people on side prior to meetings and remembering to attack ideas, not the people who have devised them. "It takes courage to be an authentic leader," she said.
Donna Stewart, chair of the Department of Women's Health at the
The conference ended on a motivational note with a talk from longtime broadcast journalist Pamela Wallin, who cautioned that physicians must be flexible when they deal with today's more knowledgeable patients.