Exploring the business of urology: Leadership Academic Article uri icon

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  • What characteristics constitute an exemplary leader? Let’s take a moment and reflect on dynamic leaders we have observed during our careers. What is it about them that cause us to consider them exceptional? It may have been one or more significant acts they performed, or perhaps it was an impactful discussion that left an impression on us. Fig. 1 highlights 10 characteristics of strong leaders with positive influence.1 According to a recent leadership study that surveyed Canadian urology program directors and division/ department heads, high personal integrity, as well as excellence in patient care and teaching were identified as the most important attributes for successful leadership.2 Urologists often find themselves in leadership positions, as do many physicians. In addition to being a leader in the clinical setting, many urologists achieve leadership roles in administration, education, and research. Some examples of such roles are shown in Table 1. The main objectives of this article are to gain some background information on leadership competencies and styles, and to learn about opportunities for development of leadership skills.


  • Beiko, Darren
  • Barling, Julian
  • Houle, Anne-Marie
  • Davies, Timothy
  • Oake, J Stuart

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  • August 2016