These are times of polarization and bluster.
Turn on your television and you'll be assaulted by the noise of politicians and pundits screaming at each other. Many of our political and corporate chieftains think swagger and intimidation are the keys to leadership. The military strategy of divide and conquer has been adopted as the imperative for domestic discourse.
But there is another way. This year's inductees into the Health Care Hall of Fame, sponsored by Modern Healthcare, have built careers on consensus and inclusion. Unlike the belligerent gasbags on TV or in the corporate suite, they have embraced a quieter approach to leadership.
Scott Parker, the longtime captain of Intermountain Health Care, based in Salt Lake City, impressed his colleagues and friends as someone who blended wisdom and humility.
He listened to all points of view but could assert himself-quietly-when he needed to. Parker notes his own "natural inclination to engage in consensus building ... and a certain amount of patience for the process."
Stuart Wesbury Jr.'s tenure at the American College of Healthcare Executives was marked by efforts to promote women and minorities and make the organization less of an old boys club. His efforts led to the Institute for Diversity, which seeks to bring more minorities into healthcare management.
Wesbury also focused on boosting professionalism and something too often ignored by today's leaders-ethics.
Our profiles of these two bridge-builders, who join 70 people previously inducted into the Hall of Fame (See pp. H6 and H8), were produced by Evanston, Ill.-based freelance writer Ed Finkel. He can be reached at [email protected]