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Healthcare Leadership Institute

Leadership is the foundation of all top performing companies or organizations. "Leadership is the single most determining factor in predicting if a company or organization will be able to meet their objectives, fulfill their mission or achieve success no matter how it is measured." Leadership is based on learned behaviors and can be taught to individuals who are willing and open to learn new behaviors or strengthen existing behaviors.

The principles that describe and define leadership are well documented in professional and trade journals, educational texts and in other relevant educational offerings. All organizations readily acknowledge the importance of leadership and yet most do not invest the time or resources to develop ongoing programs that enhance the leadership capabilities of their managers. However, when the opportunity to expose managers to quality experiences that have the potential to strengthen leadership within the organization arises, most organizations are quick to participate.

Universities are well prepared to teach leaders technical skills needed on the job. They provide educational experiences that help the student discover or practice some of the behavioral competencies needed to be effective leaders. However, these efforts are not enough. It is important to be intentional about making leadership development a priority. if University programs are to fulfill their promise to adequately prepare students for the challenges that will face them in the health services workplace.

University of North Florida's Health Administration Program has a unique opportunity to respond to two unmet needs. The students in all College of Health programs need increased exposure to leadership learning experiences and the employers in the community who hire our students would benefit from the opportunity to provide formal leadership training opportunities for their staff. The development of a formal Healthcare Leadership Institute as a part of the Health Administration Program serves both the students and local health services employers while keeping with the mission of the Health Administration Program, College of Health and the University.

Healthcare Leadership Institute Objectives

  1. Provide a structured educational experience that encompasses the principles and concepts of leadership to both graduate and undergraduate students in the Health Administration Program. Other College of Health students would be offered the opportunity to attend the Healthcare Leadership Institute programs.
  2. Offer healthcare employers in the Jacksonville area the opportunity to provide their staff with exceptional educational experiences focused on building leadership skills and competencies at an affordable cost and at convenient times.
  3. Build stronger ties with the local healthcare employers to enhance enrollment at the College of Health and to enhance the hiring environment for the graduating students.
  4. Facilitate faculty's professional growth and research.

Leadership Program

  • Leadership of the Health Administration Program working with the Healthcare Leadership Institute Advisory Committee establishes the education agenda one year in advance.
  • There will be two programs presented every school year.
  • The speaker will be a person who not only comes with extensive knowledge of the program's topic, but also must have presentation skills that will make the presentation interesting and engaging. The speaker will be an individual who is recognized within the industry for their accomplishments in the area of health services leadership.
  • The exact topic for the presentation will be based on the theme set for the year by the Advisory Committee and in consultation with the presenter.
  • The material presented will contain some theory but will be heavily weighted toward practical information that can be easily understood by the students and applied by the local managers in their day-to-day work.
  • The attendees will evaluate each presentation based on predetermined criteria. This feedback will be used to improve and modify future programs.