Tak­ing di­verse paths to lead­er­ship roles

Modern Healthcare - - 2013 TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE - Bob Clarke is CEO and Sher­rie Barc h is pres­i­dent of Furst Group, a Rock­ford, Ill.-based health­care ex­ec­u­tive search firm.

The Top 25 Women in Health­care have bat­tled through a lot to get to this mo­ment: nav­i­gat­ing their or­ga­ni­za­tions through the big­gest changes in the his­tory of health­care, emerg­ing from the great­est eco­nomic mael­strom since the De­pres­sion, and shak­ing off the gashes, cuts and scrapes from the shards of the glass ceil­ing. They didn’t ask for the hon­ors be­stowed on them; they just wanted to lead. It has not al­ways come with­out dis­com­fort­ing chal­lenges. Gen­der in­equities re­main in op­por­tu­ni­ties, com­pen­sa­tion and so­ci­etal/fam­ily ex­pec­ta­tions. And strong opin­ions about work/life bal­ance among prom­i­nent fe­male lead­ers are parsed and ex­am­ined closely to see if they should ap­ply to ev­ery woman. One ex­am­ple is how the LeanIn

urg­ings of Face­book Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Sh­eryl Sand­berg’s cur­rent best­seller are pit­ted against the mus­ings of for­mer Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial Anne-Marie Slaugh­ter, who stepped down from her post and penned “Why women still can’t have it all,” for the At­lantic. The truth is, we can learn from both of them. The re­al­i­ties of to­day’s women ex­ec­u­tives do not fit so eas­ily into sound bites or any one best­seller. If you asked the lead­ers pro­filed here, you would prob­a­bly find 25 dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths and opin­ions. Lead­er­ship is not one­size-fits-all. And that is for­tu­nate for all of us. It gives us, in this case, 25 op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn.

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