Leadership Development


There are many aspects to leadership. Some people are “naturals,” while most require some training to advance. There is no single or simple formula to x + y = leader, so here are some different pathways to learn about leadership from books, articles, and courses.

Seven Habits for Leading Up
1. Develop emotional intelligence
2. Use power and politics for good
3. Choose being effective over being right
4. Be intentional and prepared
5. Help your supervisor
6. Disagree without being disagreeable
7. Don't expect credit
From: Franko JP. Nov/Dec 2017 | aafp.org/fpm | Family Practice Management | 7

Leadership Training

The Medical School, University, and other external resources offer additional leadership education opportunities.

Medical School Resources

  • David A. Rothenberger Leadership Academy (formerly the Emerging Physicians Leadership Program) offers a three-year, cohort program for physicians to help build a strong community of physician leaders within our complex matrix organization by promoting long-term relationships across department boundaries. The program is a three years and taught by senior leaders in the Medical School.
  • Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) offers a year-long leadership program for women faculty; UMN Medical School OFA provides support for at least one woman faculty/year to participate in the program. The program is offered through Drexel University.
  • Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring Program (HELM) addresses the challenges that trainees from minority and underrepresented groups, as well as other faculty whose research addresses health equity may face. A new cohort of HELM fellows is selected annually to participate in the program.

University Resources

External Resources

  • The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) offers a Faculty Success Program for tenure-track and tenured faculty who are looking for empirically-tested methods to improve research productivity through intense accountability, coaching, and peer support and to propel their work-life balance and personal growth to a new level. UMN support for faculty to attend.
  • EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP IN ACADEMIC MEDICINE® (ELAM) provides an intensive one-year fellowship of leadership training with extensive coaching, networking, and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry, and public health. 
  • Harvard Macy Program for Leaders in Health Care Innovation - In this course, participants and faculty collaborate to develop strategies and action plans for leading innovation within their own evolving health care delivery systems and institutions. Classic management studies and case studies of educational reform are used to conduct “deep dives” into the interlocking elements of change strategies. The goal is to develop an impactful leadership style to fulfill their institutions’ educational and health care delivery missions. 
  • Bush Fellowships - Through our Fellowship programs we invest in building the leadership capacity of people in the region working on issues that are important to their community and key to advancing work in our focus areas. We currently have three Fellowship programs and several other opportunities for individuals. 

Reading Addressing Leadership



  • Collins JC. Good to Great. (“The Enemy of Great is Good”) HarperBusiness 2001.
  • Houpt JL, Gilkey RW, Ehringhaus SH. Learning to Lead in the Academic Medical Center: A Practical Guide. Springer International 2015.
  • Jacobson R. Leading for a Change. Butterworth-Heinemann 2000. [This is the model used in the Family Medicine]