"Certainly in healthcare, collaboration is key, teamwork is key, and communication is key. So I think all of those essential qualities are things women are known to possess and will serve them well in those executive ranks.… You have to demonstrate collaboration and teamwork in order to be a successful leader, because of the demands of integration and partnering with new players and all the things that are on the to-do list of the hospital C-suite," says Bowen.
The leadership at the top of healthcare should reflect the workforce it's leading and the community it's serving. Women have the essential skills for leadership in this era of reform. They're natural collaborators, more likely to have the clinical knowledge to improve patient care, and they regularly invest to build future leaders. It's time for a shift in the industry that recognizes these strengths, and a shift in the minds of the women waiting in the wings for their moment.
"Women need to recognize the power that they have and leverage it," says Bowen
In Lean In, Sandberg cites a 2011 McKinsey & Company report that says men are promoted based on potential, while women are promoted based on past accomplishments. Let's start promoting women for the strengths they can bring to the table, and build the potential for the future of the industry.
"When more people get in this race, more records will be broken. And the achievements will extend beyond those individuals to benefit us all," writes Sandberg.