Podcast: Impactful Leaders – Episode 5 | Kierstin Kennedy: Physician Leaders Must Earn Their EQ Degrees
UAB Hospital Chief Medical Officer Kierstin Kennedy explains how doctors can shift their leadership focus from one based on IQ to one based on EQ....
Physicians are usually natural-born leaders, but their leadership skills may need revising and refining as they transition into administrative roles. IQ becomes less important whereas EQ and the utilization of listening and people skills become imperative.
In this podcast, WittKieffer Consultant Vinny Gossain interviews UAB Hospital Chief Medical Officer Kierstin Kennedy, M.D., on her personal journey into administration and how she discovered that emotional intelligence is more essential to leadership success than one’s medical knowledge and general intelligence. “Leadership is about understanding your team, who has what skill sets, who’s passionate about what, and aligning passion and skill set so they can do incredible work,” she says. As leaders ascend to new heights, they may never get the “power” they want, but they can certainly get the satisfaction they crave, she says.