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Aspirational characteristics for effective leadership of improvement teams


Working on quality improvement has become an innate part of managing a pediatric radiology service. To help radiologists effectively lead improvement teams, eight aspirational characteristics are discussed. These are: 1) Be a good listener, 2) Effectively communicate around an accountability cycle, 3) Stress simplicity: Prioritization and pace, 4) Expend energy to optimize people development, 5) Lead with optimism, 6) Create a culture of wellness and sustainability, 7) Have a progressive attitude toward failure and 8) Project humility over arrogance.

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Donnelly, L.F. Aspirational characteristics for effective leadership of improvement teams. Pediatr Radiol 47, 17–21 (2017).

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  • Effective communication
  • Human performance
  • Leadership
  • Pediatric radiology
  • Quality improvement
  • Safety