It isn't easy to predict who is destined for greatness among the next generation of healthcare leaders. Loyalty is in short supply in today's workplace environment, as are leadership skills.
Truly talented young leaders are in demand in every industry and their skills are transferrable. Today's standout young healthcare leader could wind up running a Fortune 500 corporation in a totally unrelated field.
Modern Healthcare received more than 150 nominations for its 2015 class of Up & Comers. In choosing the winners, the editors looked for something more than the exemplary leadership skills that are required to reach the top rungs of any field.
After reading the profiles of these dozen young leaders, I hope you'll agree that they have that something more. Some see leadership through the prism of the deep compassion for individual patients that brought them into healthcare in the first place.
Others have dedicated their professional lives to improving the health of the general public. Advancing medical technology is playing an increasingly important role in improving the quality of care, so we've included technology drivers among those we chose as being among the future leaders in the field.
They are a diverse group, although they still are not reflective of the general population they serve. That is a result of both the nomination pool and the barriers women and minorities still face in the workplace.
We need more Up & Comers to say, like Gabriela Saenz, vice president of advocacy and public policy of Christus Health, that “no matter what, just keep dancing."