Saturday, April 13, 2024

BMJ Leader “In Conversation” | Jamie Stoller on Virtue Based Leadership

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"In Conversation" is series of interviews with key opinion leaders across the world of medicine in collaboration with the journal BMJ Leader

James K. Stoller, MD, MS serves as Professor and Chairman of the Education Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, where he has been a pulmonary physician for 37 years. He holds the Jean Wall Bennett Chair and the Samson Global Leadership Academy Endowed Chair at Cleveland Clinic. He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and is Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University and Honorary Visiting Professor at the Bayes School of Business, City University of London. He has a longstanding interest in developing physician leaders and is co-author of “Exception to the Rule” (McGraw Hill, 2018) and “Better Humans, Better Performance” (McGraw Hill, 2023), both of which develop the concept of virtue-based leadership as a way to achieve high performance by unleashing the discretionary effort in the organization.

Enjoy the conversation. Watch the video, listen to the podcast, or read the transcript in BMJ Leader 

Some key quotations which you can read in the full transcript published in BMJ Leader


“…the seven classic virtues: trust, compassion, justice, hope, wisdom, temperance, and courage. …when leaders create cultures that are anchored in the virtues, with trust and compassion being foundational, they release discretionary effort in the organization. What does that mean? Discretionary effort means people will do the right thing when no one is watching.”

“… the genesis of the book was our observations from our different respective sectors – healthcare, technology, and academics – that the same concepts about virtue-based leadership apply across all sectors.”

“…virtue-based leadership is perhaps a novel way of thinking about leadership, but it’s age-old and time-honored. Thinking about leading through the lens of virtue, and creating cultures that are virtue-based is  a performance amplifier.”


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