At the request of David Hepner, MD, FASA, chair of the Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight, I had the privilege of delivering a talk at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021 in San Diego titled, “The Leadership Imperative.” David asked me to share my thoughts on what makes a good leader and what everyone aspiring to leadership should consider. I am grateful for that opportunity and would like to share some of those thoughts with readers of the Monitor.

First, in my talk I described the irony of being asked to give my address at the beginning of my year as President, rather than the end. I hope that this irony does not turn into what in literature is called a Greek tragedy. But I am confident that with the other superb leaders in ASA, and all of you, we will come through.

What is leadership? Here are the definitions I used....

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