Speaker: Sedef Yenice (TR)
Moderator: Diler Aslan (TR)
Webinar manager: Petros Karkalousos (GR)
Date: 17th December 2019 at 18:00 CET
It has already been well recognized that leadership development is a key element in sustained organizational success and effective leadership is an essential component of all well-functioning clinical laboratories is not controversial. Yet leadership can be an elusive characteristic, and developing leaders to their full potential remains one of the great challenges for organizations today. Because leadership skills are not often formally taught. Instead, people achieve leadership positions and are left to figure out a path forward.
While the qualities of good leadership transcend many different disciplines of business and human interaction, the environment and problems encountered in the clinical laboratory setting are unique, making good leadership skills, fine-tuned to the specific challenges of laboratory medicine, even more important. Unique to health care, and in contrast to other areas of business is the primary focus on the wellbeing, the expectations and the safety of the patient, and then secondarily the funder, the health organization, or government. A particular challenge to the leadership is the in vitro situation of Clinical Pathology which carries medical consequences for the patient without having the direct personal patient contact such as in most other areas in medicine. But just as in other areas of health care, there is a need for a careful balancing of productivity, cost control, and adherence to the ethical requirements surrounding the provision of quality service. Additionally, the shift toward a value-based approach to the provision of laboratory medicine services will undoubtedly bring challenges. Hence, a laboratory manager's job is not an easy one as it is not always about being associated with science. If laboratory medicine is to respond effectively to the call for a value-based approach to healthcare delivery, with greater efficiency and productivity, in addition to better patient outcomes, laboratory professionals have to possess some critical managerial skills and adopt an effective leadership strategy to develop greater collaboration with clinicians and with other key healthcare stakeholders.
Often it is even more challenging for a leader in inspiring other laboratory staff toward a common vision and purpose, to avoid the pitfalls of one’s lack of self-awareness. The first step toward reaching the leadership potential is to recognize the leadership style. Leaders are those that challenge the status quo. They have their own style of doing things and problem-solving and are usually the ones who think outside the box. Laboratory managers can focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership style and work on improving it.
This webinar introduces a framework for the essential skills of laboratory leadership and concentrates on developing the knowledge and abilities to run a laboratory efficiently and effectively by focusing on self-awareness, understanding effective communication, engaging others, being resourceful, developing empathy and emotional Intelligence.
After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify the traits a leader possesses,
- Describe the essential concepts for effectiveness and personal growth for leadership to be effective,
- Describe the skills and attributes of good leaders in the clinical laboratory.
About the speaker
Sedef Yenice is Professor in Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine at the Demiroğlu Bilim University and Division Head of the Central Clinical Laboratory Services and associate director of the Tissue Typing laboratory services at the Group Florence Nightingale Hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey, which she steered through six cycles of quality accreditation. She obtained MBA training on executive management and has over twenty-five years’ experience in management and over thirty years’ experience in teaching. She has authored chapters in textbooks and published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Her scientific work has been recognized through many national and international awards. She has been serving the chair of IFCC Committee on Clinical Laboratory Management (C-CLM) since 2014 and chairs the Laboratory Management Committee at the Turkish Biochemical Society. Most recently, she authored the monograph “Leadership Basics for Clinical Laboratory Professionals” along with C-CLM members. Her research and teaching related to the clinical laboratory management, QI techniques, medical test utilization, and leadership development.