Leadership experiences and characteristics of chairs of academic departments of psychiatry

Samuel J. Keith, Peter F. Buckley

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Objective: Effective leadership in academic medicine requires a broad constellation of skills, experiences, and core values. The authors sought to describe and define these. Method: The authors conducted a web-based survey among 132 Chairs of North American departments of psychiatry. Results: Eighty-five Chairs (64%) responded to the survey, the majority of whom were first-time Chairs. Identified leadership attributes included strategic/visionary acumen, interpersonal communication skills, core administrative and academic/technical skills, motivational capacity, personal integrity, and altruism/ tenacity. Conclusion: The identified values are consistent with the leadership attributes that are described as necessary for success in the business community. Developing the required skill-set among faculty who aspire to become a departmental Chair is an important commitment for Deans and extant psychiatry Chairs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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