2017 March AAL Newsletter

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Why integrity is the foundation of a peak performance leader

by Chris McGoff, SmartBrief, Feb. 23, 2017

To have true integrity, follow through on the commitments you make without fail, writes Chris McGoff. This is essential because integrity is the building block of trust, and when trust flourishes, so do “interconnectedness, intimacy, and synchronicity.”


Communication has to be a two-way street

by David Grossman, The Grossman Group Blog, Feb. 13, 2017

A workplace with strong two-way communication requires managers to be trained and for their teams to possess a communications plan, writes David Grossman. “Measure the state of communication regularly (a survey once a year isn’t enough),” he writes.


C-suite gender gap: Leadership training efforts falling short

by Maria Castellucci, Modern Healthcare, Feb. 25, 2017

Women represent just 26% of hospital CEO positions despite holding 75% of healthcare jobs. At Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, women comprise merely 21% of executive roles and 21% of board members.


What’s love got to do with it?

by Rob Jenkins, 9 Virtues Blog, Feb. 14, 2017

The word “love” usually refers to a feeling and in some contexts to a particular kind of feeling. Charity, on the other hand, is something a little different, which St. Paul describes in his iconic sermon in I Corinthians. “Charity is an action word, defined more by what we do (or do not do) than by what we feel.” Rob Jenkins discusses the importance of both love and charity for the virtuous leader.


Empathy is a simple yet effective driver of success

by Marcel Schwantes, Inc.com, Jan. 31, 2017

Research has suggested that the ability to listen and respond with empathy is a critical trait for leadership, writes Marcel Schwantes. Having more in-person conversations is a simple way to create opportunities for demonstrating empathy and building interpersonal relationships.


Listening requires more than just your ears

by Valeria Maltoni, Conversation Agent, Feb. 1, 2017

When you listen, try to understand the point the person is trying to make rather than biding your time until you can speak, writes Valeria Maltoni. To improve your active listening, she suggests taking notes while a person is speaking, which helps engage more of the senses and can lead to better retention.


ADA scholarships available for AAL’s Institute for Teaching and Learning

Three full-tuition scholarships are being granted by the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure to the Academy for Advancing Leadership's Institute for Teaching and Learning as part of the Association's commitment to supporting general dentist members who are...

The International College of Dentists awarded AAL Founder and President Dr. Karl Haden the Leadership Article Award

The International College of Dentists awarded AAL Founder and President Dr. Karl Haden the Leadership Article Award for his article "The Character of a Profession: The Next 100 Years," published in 2021 in the Journal of the American College of Dentists. The...

Leaders from 27 Universities Meet to Advance Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

IPEC and AAL convene the Interprofessional Leadership Development Program in Washington, D.C. Click here to download the press release.

AAL and the American Institute of Dental Public Health Teach Strategies for Success in Academic Healthcare Leadership to the Next Generation

The Academy for Advancing Leadership in partnership with the American Institute of Dental Public Health and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas convenes the Academic Leadership for Residents Program in Atlanta, GA. Click here to download the press release.

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Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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