Our field faces a host of challenges which call for collectively enhancing our leadership capacity. What am I doing about professional development? What can I do to maintain staff enthusiasm and prevent burnout? Do I really have a succession plan? How do I effectively “manage up?" How can I build more effective coalitions? How can I integrate deeper and more strategic thinking in to our work? We also know that good leadership needs to be practiced at all levels of the organization, not just the “higher ups.”
How to begin addressing these questions is not necessarily obvious and in our hectic multi-tasking work environment it’s often difficult to fathom how it could be possible to fit in intentional review, study and application of leadership practices. But we sense it’s important, and if we could dedicate some time to this, we suspect the payoff would be worth the investment.
This year, I challenge all of our membership to identify, explore and apply new leadership and management concepts or techniques in your daily work.
Over the course of the year, I will be working closely with NACDD staff to elevate credible, relevant and actionable concepts from the Leadership and Management disciplines to inform ideas and action for all chronic disease staff. I will be recording interviews with opinion leaders and experts in the field and distributing the content to our membership via podcasts, blog posts and helpful links. We are exploring ways to make the experience interactive and encourage all chronic disease staff to participate in the challenge. Stay tuned.