I have been thinking again about healthcare leadership. My belief is that leadership is displayed in the things you say and do. The things you choose to say and the things you don’t say can encourage people to act or stifle them. My thoughts lately have been about how we do leadership, especially outside of our organizations, how we participate in the transformation of healthcare as an industry. This may sound like a pitch from your friendly professional organization, but it is authentic. I do believe that leaders should participate in local, regional, and/or national healthcare activities. Not only do these organizations and initiatives need volunteers, but your presence shows your commitment to healthcare and your organization’s commitment to being part of the solution.
I could say more, but then I would start to sound preachy.
Here is a really exciting opportunity to volunteer. The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) lists volunteer opportunities on a page aptly named “How to Participate
”. If you are experienced in healthcare IT, then you can volunteer on work groups that evaluate IT solutions for certification. This is a great way to participate and demonstrate leadership.