; Building an Exceptional Imaging Management Team: From Theory to Practice
Be Wary of the “Too Open” Door
Respecting the chain of command is a way to show respect,
support, and confidence in managers’ capabilities.
improve their teams’ leadership and management aptitude. Administrators must
constantly strive to build a better team by
prioritizing their coaching and mentoring
efforts. Imaging administrators who
devote the time to cultivate their team’s
leadership (the people part) and management (the process component) skills will
find their efforts pay long term dividends.
Leading and mentoring managers is
both rewarding and challenging; leadership and management is simultaneously
unpredictable, emotional, tough, and gratifying. Administrators should focus on the
gratifying aspects of leadership and prepare to witness the positive outcomes that
come from effective mentoring. Success
can sometimes come slowly and is often
incremental; therefore, perseverance is
necessary. The rewards related to helping
managers become stronger leaders are
numerous and well worth the efforts.
Administrators must continuously work
to inspire their teams, personalize their
approaches, challenge each manager,
enhance EI, promote continuous learning,
set SMART goals, and model exceptional
leadership behaviors. The end result will be
an exceptional, successful, and cohesive
imaging management team.
Management and leadership theories are
abundant; applying these concepts can
sometimes be challenging. Imaging
administrators who apply these theories
in practical and meaningful ways can
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Laurie Hogan is the radiology director at Children’s
National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has
been involved in radiology leadership since 1988 in
both private practice and hospital settings. Laurie
holds a masters of business administration from
George Mason University. She can be reached at