Leadership development in healthcare has progressed considerably since 2001, when the National Center for Healthcare Leadership was first established. From the classroom to the C-suite, healthcare has increased its uptake of evidence-based practices. Leadership development that is clearly tied to strategic objectives, such as higher-validity hiring and promotion systems, performance calibration and the implementation of leadership academies, are now providing great results for many hospitals and systems. And the NCHL, through the support of foundations, corporate sponsors, our volunteer board of directors, members of our Leadership Excellence Networks, graduate demonstration projects and our many other stakeholders, has been proud to play a role in helping raise awareness of these practices across the field.
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, the journey continues. Despite the efforts and achievements to date, the burning question remains: Are our leaders today being adequately prepared for the challenges they will face in the coming years?
Recent realities challenge the industry's forward progress on two fronts. Many organizations are struggling to find the resources to invest in our leaders' development. And even when those resources can be secured, how do we develop leaders for the future when we don't know what that future is going to look like?