Health Care Leadership: Inspiring Others to Follow Your Lead

By Dr. Ann Kummer

Clinicians spend years earning the education and degrees they need to become skilled health care providers, yet one crucial aspect of training can often be left out: leadership. While some clinicians may not classify themselves as leaders, everyone leads every day in their own right. No matter your role in your organization, as a health care provider, you have the opportunity to lead and influence others.

An organization’s leaders need to effectively communicate and work with their teams to accomplish goals and be successful. Ann W. Kummer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP understands the importance of leading others in a variety of situations and how good leadership impacts an organization’s growth. Dr. Kummer successfully grew the pediatric program at Cincinnati Children’s Center into the largest pediatric program in the nation using effective leadership strategies and developing fellow clinicians’ leadership skills. In this new tip sheet, Dr. Kummer shares her insights about the key characteristics of effective leaders and the most effective ways to secure buy-in and support from others.

Download the tip sheet to learn:

  • Who can be leaders in healthcare, and what responsibilities are included 
  • Characteristics that define effective leaders 
  • How to inspire others to successfully follow your lead  
  • Sources of leadership power that are the most, and least effective 

Download the tip sheet today to learn how to inspire others to follow your lead.

About the Author

kummer-ann.jpgAnn W. Kummer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP recently retired as Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s. Under her direction, the speech-language pathology program at Cincinnati Children’s became the largest pediatric program in the nation and one of the most respected. Dr. Kummer is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine.

Her clinical expertise is in cleft palate, craniofacial anomalies, and velopharyngeal insufficiency. She is the author of many clinical articles and the text entitled Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Conditions: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. To learn more about Dr. Kummer, visit:

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