Leadership Language and Reality in Health Care

LeadershipLanguage and Reality in Health Care

LeadershipLanguage and Reality in Health Care

Therealities of the health care system are very complicated.Consequently, training of the future health care leaders andadministrators is equally interesting. The fundamental questions inteaching health care management are whether the student knows wherethe box is and what is in the box. Due to the mode of teachingadopted, majority of students view health care managementobjectively. Nonetheless, the questions asked by the studentintroduce a new way of thinking, a new way of looking at the box. Thequestion can enable managers to look at the elephant always forgottenin board rooms in a new way. This helps managers come out of the boxby introducing new ideas. While preparing student for their futureleadership roles, teachers will always tell the students that thenormal market models do not apply in the health care system. Forexample, health care is a need rather than a want, consumers do notfully pay their bills and demand and supply forces do not apply. Thefoundation of the health care system is not based on the healingethics, but the Hippocratic school of thought. The students are alsotaught about the important linkage between health care administrationand leadership and the physician, by promoting indirect leadership. For example, the student are taught that the physician are not theiremployees rather their customers. This is because the physicianorders for the services and directs the key functions of the healthcare system. Another fundamental question among students is why thehealth care system is very complex. This is mainly because theprimary decision in the system is made by the physicians and not theleaders. The administrators should therefore align themselves withthe health language and not business language (Summers &amp Nowicki,2005). The argument by Summers and Nowicki is very evident in themodern health care system. The management and administration of thehealth care system is based on the realities of the industries ratherthan business models in other sectors.


Summers,J. &amp Nowicki, M. (2005). “Leadership, language, and reality inhealth care”, HealthcareFinancial ManagementFeb 2005 59, 2.