Deb­o­rah Bowen, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE -

MH: As you look across the health­care lead­er­ship of the United States to­day, eval­u­ate the role of women in top po­si­tions. Where are they now? Is that where it ought to be, or is there still room for im­prove­ment?

Bowen: Well, you prob­a­bly know, only about 26% of hos­pi­tals have fe­male CEOs, so cer­tainly we have much work to do. We’re ac­tu­ally soon re­leas­ing our gen­der study, which we did the last year, and I think women are ob­vi­ously mak­ing good strides, but I think women have more work to do in terms of ris­ing in the ranks and be­ing rec­og­nized for their lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties. I think women seem to have more of a trans­for­ma­tional sort of lead­er­ship style, re­ally fol­low­ing on col­lab­o­ra­tion skills, hav­ing fol­low­ers, em­pow­er­ing fol­low­ers, the peo­ple that they lead, and I think that style res­onates well with where we are in health­care to­day. So cer­tainly there’s more work to do, but nearly half of our mem­bers now are women. That cer­tainly wasn’t the case 20 years ago.

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