8 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

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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. People are more critical of women leaders for mistakes than men, study finds
At the executive level, women need a thick skin. According to research from the Yale School of Management published in the Harvard Business Review, women in generally male-dominated occupations face much higher criticism after making mistakes than men.

2. Transitions in leadership: Options for filling crucial executive roles
Hospitals are seeing increasing amounts of management turnover, especially in the C-suite. Skilled and experienced healthcare executives are in short supply mostly due to an industry-wide talent drain, lack of mentoring, and minimal succession planning. As a result, many organizations are turning to interim management solutions over permanent replacements to fill vacant positions.

3. The cost of overconfidence
We want our leaders to be confident. If they aren't, who will listen to them? At the same time, an overconfident leader — one who is ignorant of his or her own limitations — can be detrimental to an organization.

4. Fewer than 3% of incoming CEOs are women
CEO turnover rate was especially high in 2015, but the executives filling those positions were overwhelmingly male, according to a report from PwC's Strategy&.

5. What can presidential candidates' parenting styles tell us?
Can parenting style predict great leadership? Not necessarily. But in a CNN article, digital correspondent and editor-at-large Kelly Wallace outlined what parenting can potentially tell us about leadership.

6. 10 must-read biographies for leaders
If you're on the hunt for books about leadership, the choices abound. But if you're looking for a more unique read that can also enhance your leadership skills, look no further than the biography section. In a recent Forbes article, Ronn Torossian, CEO of public relations firm 5WPR, outlined 10 must-read biographies that will help readers get inside the heads of outstanding leaders.

7. How the presidential race can inform executive search strategy
In many ways, the presidential campaign process is like hunting for a new hospital or health system CEO. The positions certainly require similar character. "He or she needs to be good at hiring and trusting the right people; making constant big decisions with limited information and often while exhausted; setting the right big picture strategy; and knowing when to stick with it as circumstances change and when to make tactical adjustments," Neil Irwin, senior economic correspondent for The New York Times wrote, comparing the two executive search processes.

8. The important question leaders are afraid to ask
When the stakes are high, it can be difficult for leaders to break from what they know works, even if it means missing opportunities to evolve and improve. This fear of failure is a barrier to change, eventually causing business to stagnate. To avoid this, leaders should make sure they regularly ask themselves, "Why do we do it this way?" according to the Harvard Business Review.

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