“Everything either rises or falls on leadership.” So says John Maxwell, celebrated author and expert in leadership. Health and long-term care services are struggling in New Brunswick, and leadership is the issue.
My previous columns have expressed the need for vision in health care in New Brunswick. The need is beyond debate. And visionary leadership would have some key features.
Leaders express a compelling set of ideas that unites people to move toward common goals. The vision must be strong, compelling, easy to understand, achievable and measurable, according to expert Ichak Adizes, whose wisdom has fuelled the success of many global leaders.
Visions for health in New Brunswick over 30 years have included: “Reduce hospital regions from eight to two,” “balance the budget,” “hire more doctors,” “adopt healthy aging,” “improve disease prevention” and “we are all in this together.” Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.