The Medical Director is a cornerstone of any healthcare organization's success. However, the qualifications that made someone a good doctor do not automatically qualify the person to be a great leader.

Picking a weak leader can result in morale issues, culture confusion, and high turnover, not to mention the time and expense required to fix what’s broken. A strong Medical Director, on the other hand, will lead the staff toward reaching their goals in a way that is personally satisfying to the participants and instills a sense of achievement in the group. 

There is much to consider in choosing the right person — his or her medical training, board certification, management experience, clinical skills, and more.

Accompanying that is an equally important set of interpersonal characteristics that every hospital recruiting team and selection committee should look for in candidates they interview.

Start with 'Why'

Of all the characteristics to consider, someone who has...