Living Like a Leader

The Becker's Hospital Review Living Like a Leader series examines the daily routines of influential decision-makers to offer readers an idea of how they manage their energy, teams and time. Interested in participating in the series? Please contact Leo Vartorella at

  • Living like a leader: A day with Children's National Health System CEO Dr. Kurt Newman

    Kurt Newman"When I became CEO, which was not in my career plan, I was chief of surgery. The executive suite was on the fifth floor, and I felt that that didn't necessarily fit with my style. So I moved my office down beside the cafeteria, right in the center of the hospital."  By Leo Vartorella -
  • Living like a leader: A day with Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic

    tomislav mihaljevic"I'm an early bird, so I try to get to bed on time because having enough sleep is important. That is something I've learned as an executive. As a leader you meet hundreds and hundreds of people a day, and every interaction you have with folks is being measured and perceived differently. These conversations may be just one conversation out of dozens and dozens in a day for me, but to the person I'm speaking with it may be the most important conversation they will have in an entire year."    By Leo Vartorella -
  • Living like a leader: A day with AHA chair elect and Atlantic Health System CEO Brian Gragnolati

    brian gragnolati"The way the AHA works — you spend a year as chair elect, then you spend a year as the chair, and finally you spend a year as the past chair. The time obligation is pretty significant and it's not just the travel piece, it's participating in a lot of calls and making sure you're staying on top of the issues we're facing as an industry. In my year as chair elect, I'm on the road probably two to three times a month."  By Leo Vartorella -
  • Living like a leader: A day with CHI CEO Kevin Lofton

    kevin lofton"When I do meet in person with my direct reports, I hold what are called performance management meetings where we cover a wide range of topics. We each come in with an agenda and after every meeting I personally type up a summary including to-do lists, what's next for them and timeframes. It's a way we stay connected and clear on what was said in the meeting and it cuts down miscommunications."  By Leo Vartorella -

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