5 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

Culture. Productivity. Strategy. Execution. These ideas will never go out of style for hospital and health system leaders.

The following leadership articles were published by Becker's Hospital Review in the last week.

1. Most leaders lack these 7 skills
Poor leadership affects everyone. Not only does it harm managers' relationships with their employees, but it also influences the success of the management team and the organization at large.

2. 7 rules for effective delegation
Delegating work effectively is an integral element of strong leadership, but knowing how to delegate is not an innate skill. For many leaders, the intense self-drive and work ethic that enabled their ascent up the leadership ladder is also what prevents them from delegating as often as they should.

3. This company assesses employee morale every 2 weeks. How often should you?
Many companies dedicate significant efforts to measuring employee engagement every year or two. They might use tools like Gallup polls or even online sites such as Glassdoor — where reviews of an organization are public for the world to see — to assess their employees' perceptions of work. But one company, John Deere, realized these once-annual check-ins aren't enough, according to the Harvard Business Review.

4. 4 tips for how to follow through on your goals
Execution — or the ability to complete tasks and objectives — is key to success. Not only does the ability to follow through please your boss, but it also will likely aid you in future career advancement opportunities.

5. How workplace democracy helps this organization thrive
What if physicians, nurses and other staff elected the leaders of their hospital? That's how Kelly Max, cofounder, president and CEO of Haufe USA, a San Francisco-based human resources consulting and software firm, got his current position — he was elected. In an interview Monday with CNBC, he explained that the company's idea of workplace democracy is based in the fundamental belief that employees run companies.

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