Course Description

What does effective health care leadership require? The Wharton School’s Mike Useem brings business insight to health care as he introduces essential qualities and practices of leadership during brief lecture and interview videos. Through discussions with other professionals and exercises, explore how you might create organizational direction, set strategy, and achieve goals.

Specific course topics include:

  • leading a team of teams
  • leading through crisis
  • designing effective reward systems to motivate individuals and teams
  • building a high-performance organization for high-quality patient care
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LECTURE VIDEO SAMPLE: A preview of the course Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment, by Mike Useem, PhD.

Course Dates: May 5-June 1, 2020

Estimated Hours/Week: 8

What You Will Learn and Do

This course is designed to help you address questions such as:

  • What qualities do exemplary leaders share and how do they relate to health care?
  • How do I build and strengthen teams?
  • What types of reward systems motivate individuals and teams?
  • How do I lead through crisis?
  • How can my organization nurture high performance?

You will also create a personalized leadership schema and begin applying your learning in your work and community.

Who Takes This Course

Current leaders in hospitals, health centers, medical practices, agencies, and other groups who seek the skills for leading organizational development and change. Sharpen your leadership thinking when you apply course concepts within your professional life.

Managers and individuals who aspire to contribute in a leadership capacity, either in their current role or future positions. Synthesize lessons from cases as you develop your own leadership tools.

Meet the Faculty

Michael Useem, PhD

Michael Useem is Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and Faculty Director of the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership; programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America; and the upcoming course "Health Care Leadership in an Era of Patient Empowerment" in the Master of Health Care Innovation.  He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  He is the author of The Leader’s Checklist, The Leadership Moment, Executive Defense, Investor Capitalism, Leading Up, and The Go Point.  He is also co-author and co-editor of Learning from Catastrophes; co-author of The India Way, Leadership Dispatches, Boards That Lead, and The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap; and co-author of Fortune Makers: The Leaders Creating China’s Great Global Companies, Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term Strategy (2018), and Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies Are Coping with Disruption (2018). Mike is co-anchor for a weekly program “Leadership in Action” on SiriusXM Radio Channel 132, Business Radio Powered by Wharton.

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