Transformation and Transformational Leadership: A Review of the Current and Relevant Literature for Academic Radiologists

Norman B. Thomson, James V. Rawson, Catherine P. Slade, Martin Bledsoe

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With the US healthcare system on an unsustainable course, change is inevitable. Changes in the healthcare landscape impacting radiology include changing payment models, rapid adoption of digital technology, changes in radiology resident certifying exams, and the rise of consumerism in health care. Academic Radiology will be part of that change with none of its missions spared. What matters is not that change is coming but how Academic Radiology responds to change. Do we ignore, adapt, adopt others' practices, or lead change? Change management or transformation is a management skill set that can be learned and developed. Transformational leadership is a leadership style defined by the relationships between the leaders and the followers and the results they are able to achieve together to meet organizational goals. In this paper, we provide a review of key change management theories, as well as practical advice for self-reflection and development of leadership behaviors that promote effective change management and organizational transformation, particularly in a complex industry like Academic Radiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-599
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Academic Radiology
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Transformational leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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