/lēdər Ship/

noun

The action of leading a group of people or an organization.

This dictionary definition of leadership is actually quite unfulfilling since the word “leading” is in the definition itself. If you ask a group of individuals, “What is leadership?” you will probably get a wide variety of definitions. They will usually describe traits of those they view as successful leaders. Very few physicians would say that we went through our educational pathway to become a leader. Although most physicians are viewed as leaders, learning how to become a leader is not a typical part of our training.

ASA has recognized that physician anesthesiologists are very often accidental leaders. Because ASA sees the importance of physician leadership, an Executive Physician Leadership Program was developed. This innovative inaugural program was delivered in two parts over two weekends in...

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