“Leadership is a journey,” said Claire-Cecile Pierre, HMS instructor in medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance and associate chief medical officer and vice president of community health at Brigham and Women's Hospital. “You become a better leader over time. You need space to make errors, reflect on them, and grow. We can't do that if we don’t approach it as a journey.”
In health care, a part of that journey starts in medical school. Physicians train to better identify symptoms, diagnose conditions, and conduct groundbreaking research. Often those who are talented in their content area and are team players assume leadership positions. The leadership role includes a host of new responsibilities, such as navigating difficult team situations, working with human resources, and managing budgets, areas not usually formally covered during medical school or residency training.