Healthcare Executive Interviewed Five CEOs
Joy W. Goldman RN, MS, PCC: CEO and Founding Partner, SixSEED Partners
The November/December 2021 cover story for the issue of Healthcare Executive interviews five CEOs from across the country as they describe their breakthrough moments in leading during this unprecedented time. There were two messages that resonated deeply with our work at SixSEED Partners. Tina Freese Decker: President and CEO of Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan highlights three interdependent tensions: polarities necessary for impactful leadership. She calls them paradoxical skills to be balanced: we would call them polarities to be leveraged, as we minimize the downsides of over-focusing on either of them to the neglect of the other: “Leaders must think big and small.”
At SixSEED, we coach our leaders and systems to leverage operational and strategic priorities– details and big picture. “Leaders must be decisive yet collaborative.” Yes….we must know when to be swift in our decision making, at the risk of not being inclusive, and when we have time and will make better decisions when we invite in numerous perspectives. “Leaders must be comfortable with sitting at the head of the table AND taking a seat at the table.” At SixSEED, we would call this leveraging executive as leader AND leveraging others as leaders. Lastly, Decker highlights that “leaders must over-communicate AND over-listen.” Advocacy- sharing what we know, while also being curious – Inquiry are two essential polarities to leverage.
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