On Medical Executive Leadership Mistakes

A List of Attributes to Avoid

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP™

By Professor Hope R. Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP™


When it comes to leadership development, executive training and self-branding, medical entrepreneurs and practitioners need to strive to avoid what John Zenger PhD and Joseph Folkman PhD describe as the 10 most common leadership shortcomings which is based on the feed back from over 11,000 leaders.

The Drawbacks

  1. Lack energy and enthusiasm
  2. Accept their own mediocre performance
  3. Lack clear vision and direction
  4. Have poor judgment
  5. Don’t collaborate
  6. Don’t follow the standards they set for others
  7. Resist new ideas
  8. Don’t learn from mistakes
  9. Lack interpersonal skills
  10. Fail to develop others.


Note: The Daily Stat: The 10 Most Common Failures of Business Leaders, Harvard Business Publishing, June 4th, 2009.


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One Response

  1. Leadership Follow-up

    Leaders set the tone by their behavior. They are always leading because someone is always watching.

    Successful leaders and physician-executives aren’t successful on their own. Leaders inspire others to take on difficult tasks and work hard because they set clear expectations, encourage and appreciate others and model that behavior themselves.

    Without both “hard and soft skills,” leaders can fall short. The art lies in blending the hard clinical skills with the soft people skills; the technical expertise with the behavioral.

    Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA
    Prof. Hope Rachel Hetico RN MHA




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