Thursday, April 29, 2010

Do You Have What It Takes? (to become a healthcare executive)

What do employers look for in their entry-level managers?

Here are some of the criteria:

  • Academic training/previous work experience
  • A degree in health administration from a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education or another degree that may qualify you (VERY IMPORTANT: ACCREDITED SCHOOL, NOT just ANY school! Don't waste your time, money & energy.)
  • A commitment to professional development and continuing education
  • Previous positions, internships, and fellowships in healthcare organizations or other business settings
  • Communication skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop and present reports and proposals
  • Adaptability/organizational fit
  • Personal and career objectives that mesh with those of the organization
  • Ability to work well with others, including superiors, subordinates, and peers
  • Attitude and appearance that communicate confidence, maturity, and competence
  • Dependability, judgment, character
  • Maturity to make decisions and take responsibility for them
  • Honest and ethical business conduct
  • Willingness to make a commitment to the organization
  • General management skills
  • Leadership that inspires and motivates others
  • Ability to train, delegate, evaluate, coordinate, and negotiate

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