Regarding the article “Celebrating the accomplishments of women leaders,” I agree that we need to see many more women assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations.
I suspect that a big part of the challenge is the method by which leaders are hired and promoted in organizations, often using the same practices that have been in place for 50-plus years. There are typically a series of interviews by different stakeholder groups, often using behavioral questions and scenarios. In the end, the decision often comes down to confidence, charisma, and a match that mirrors the interviewers (who often are white males).
We seek those like us. Until more women make it into C-suite and board roles, this will not change very quickly unless we rely on a data-driven solution to reduce some inherent biases. Forward-thinking organizations are using data tools to streamline and focus the interview and selection process to the specific skills and needs of the organization in that specific role, saving time and eliminating bias.
I’d suggest that as more organizations use the power of data-driven decisions, we’ll see this become a much different picture, as it should be.
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Pursuit of Excellence
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