Some healthcare organizations have histories that go back decades, if not centuries. Today’s leaders are tasked with continuing to shape those legacies amid ongoing industry struggles.
Janet Liang, executive vice president, group president and chief operating officer, care delivery at Oakland, California-based Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, encourages other top officials to think of their tenure as a chapter in a history book.
“What is it that you want to leave behind?” Liang asked at Modern Healthcare’s Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference. “How will you make your organization or your mission just a little bit better?”
Liang, along with other Luminary Award recipients, emphasized the importance of empowering others to take on responsibilities.
Effective leadership requires “really getting a team around you that you trust,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, president and CEO at Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network.
That way, “when you’re not standing there—like I’m not today—you know they’re going to be making the right decisions,” Hundorfean said.