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Journal of ASPR - Summer 2013 - Learn how to become a better leader
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Learn how to become a better leader

By Maddie Wagner, MBA, FASPR, CMSR, medical staff recruiter, Reading Health System, Reading, PA

Maddie WagnerHarold “Hal” Sydney Geneen (January 22, 1910 – November 21, 1997), an American businessman most famous for serving as president of the ITT Corporation, once said, “Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.” Why are some people better leaders than others? How do you become an effective leader? If you aspire to be a leader, how can you get recognized in an extremely competitive world?

Learning how to be a great leader remains a mystery to many. ASPR understands that it is not easy to rally people together in support of a common goal. It is difficult to be a leader in a work environment and sometimes more difficult in a volunteer group. Whether you are currently a leader in your organization, a volunteer group like ASPR, or you hope to one day hold a leadership position, the new ASPR Volunteer Development Program can help you. The membership committee has been working behind the scenes to create a program that provides professionals with the resources needed to prepare for leadership roles in any organization, whether with ASPR or in the medical industry.

As part of the Volunteer Development Program, ASPR has introduced a volunteer development portal on the ASPR website. This section of the website is full of valuable information for individuals who wish to hone their leadership skills or learn how to be a successful leader. You will also find a list of books, webinars and other resources on the portal that will help you excel as a leader. The current list of resources includes topics like conflict resolution, the future of healthcare, controlling your destiny and how to influence people. Check the website often, as ASPR will continue to add new resources that will help you in your leadership quest.

If you aren’t currently in a leadership role, but want to improve your networking abilities and gain new skills, you can check out the volunteer opportunities job board on the ASPR website. Here, you can see what short and long term projects are available that you might be interested in getting involved with. Add your name to the volunteer match database and tell us what your interests and skills sets are so that we may contact you if a new opportunity arises that matches what you’re looking for.

Finally, if you are planning to attend the ASPR annual conference in August, you won’t want to miss the breakout session, Become a Leader in Your Organization and Industry. A panel of industry and ASPR leaders will share their experiences with developing leadership skills, growing recruitment departments, and advancing their careers. You’ll leave with useful tips on how to be a resource to your c-suite, present to your board, become a recognized leader in your organization and industry, and ultimately advance your career.

Journal of ASPR - Summer 2013

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