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Leadership in Emergency Medicine: Resa Lewiss

Resa Lewiss gives her insights into leadership. Through her experience training and working in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Resa has collated a series of pearls, pitfalls, and lessons shared by leaders in her own life.

For Resa, there are leaders, and there are follows – more often than not, people know good leaders. Resa firmly believes that leaders look like leaders. She affirms that it is neither a male nor a female trait – despite what some in her life may have assumed.

Resa shares her lessons and personal examples on leadership.

1) There is never a need to publicly embarrass someone

Public embarrassment serves a purpose, however this purpose is often misguided and can be better achieved in other ways.

Resa has experienced the embarrassment firsthand and knows of its detrimental effects. A good leaders will give a person an out and speak to them in private. This is much more effective.

2) Make a decision

Being indecisive can be perceived as worse than making a wrong decision. Leaders need to be confident in their decisions to be effective.

3) Know your strengths and build on those

Know your weaknesses and identify people for whom those are strengths and bring them onto your team Identify what you are good at. For what you are not good at, reach out and bring people into your circle to complement yourself and your team.

4) “People may forget what you say, they may forget what you do, but they will never forget the way you make them feel.” Maya Angelou

Leadership is not about hierarchy. Leaders should make their subordinates feel respected, feel welcome and feel part of the team.

5) Ask

Leaders need to get over the imposter syndrome. This allows them to advocate for themselves and their team. Never be afraid to ask for what you need.

Resa concludes with some action items for everyone to improve their leadership.

Leadership in Emergency Medicine: Resa Lewiss

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Resa E. Lewiss

Resa is a Professor of Emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA USA.She is a global soul who believes in #POCUS #MedED #HealthDesign #Leadership #Equity #TIME’S UP Healthcare and #Espresso