Rural Workforce Insights — Leadership

Hospitals and health systems are navigating complex and inherent changes as healthcare continues to transform and a strong leadership and governance team is needed to navigate and lead this change. Engaging leadership at all levels of a healthcare organization allows workforce development to become an essential function of strategic planning and further engages the workforce at all levels. According to the below experts, leadership is imperative for growing a strong and engaged workforce — find out why.


An effective culture built on trust is key to any successful organization. A culture of trust will go a long way when trying to adopt innovative strategies that are valuable to all levels of the workforce.


In order to be an effective leader, one must identify what will resonate with their staff and provide resources and rewards to get behind the healthcare organization’s vision.


Strong, innovative leaders can pave the way for change in healthcare organizations. Investment in training and development for leadership beyond the CEO and physician is key and investing in a support system for your staff will support a strong culture and staff retention.


Leadership not only paves the way for change, but can identify challenges and present opportunities to overcome those challenges. Watch how leaders need to “see the big picture”.


Every healthcare organization should have a nurse on its board. Their knowledge, experiences, and insights are critical to the leadership of the organization. Check out more on nurse leaders and nurse leader competencies from AHA’s AONE.


Leaders must clearly articulate the vision and mission of the organization and how the organization’s strategic plan and workforce will get them there.